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Actor Nani Announces ‘HIT’ Sequel, Director Sailesh Kolanu Says Film was Conceived as a Franchise

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Actor Nani announced on Sunday the sequel to the 2020 Telugu film HIT: The First Case.

Written and  directed by Sailesh Kolanu, the sequel will be a part of the HIT franchise, Kolanu told Silverscreen India.

“It was conceived as a franchise. I did not think of a sequel after finishing the first film. I have like five or six stories. As of now, I can’t tell you anything until we are done with the second or third part,” he said

The mystery thriller was Kolanu’s debut film and starred Vishwak Sen, Ruhani Sharma, Murali Sharma, Brahmaji, Ravi Varma, and others.

Talking about the change in the location that was announced, he said, “It is basically what the franchise demands because that’s the way I wrote it. So, I cannot tell you anything more than that at this point in time. You will know why Andhra Pradesh once we get going forward.”

The film is in the pre-production stage. Kolanu has finished writing the script and the film is expected to go on floors from April, and will be shot through May and June.

“The scripting and all is over. We will mostly be shooting through April, May and June,” he said.

Talking about the film’s release, he said, “I don’t want to think about the release. With the Covid situation and all we don’t even know if there might be a halt. So, as a maker I am not thinking about it. So, the first step would be to safely shoot this and take the actors and the technicians through this is in a safe and effective manner. And also being creatively satisfied with the process. I will leave the release date to the production house, Nani and Prashanti.”

Nani and costume designer Prashanti Tipirneni, are the producers of HIT, under the banner Wall Poster Cinema.

“I am making this film for the theatres. But it all depends on the Covid situation and the coming few months. I am hoping that it will be a grand theatrical release that will bring back the Telugu audience to the cinemas,” Kolanu said.

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