Telugu actor Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas will make his debut in Hindi cinema with the remake of Prabhas and Shriya Saran‘s 2005 hit Telugu film Chatrapathi. While the title will remain the same, the script has been tweaked for the Hindi remake, the makers said on Friday.
The Hindi remake will be directed by VV Vinayak, marking his directorial debut in Hindi films. Vinayak is known for predominantly making Telugu films in the action-comedy and action-drama genre. His last directorial was a 2018 Telugu action film Intelligent.
The Telugu version of Chatrapathi was directed by SS Rajamouli and revolves around two stepbrothers who are forced to leave their village on the coast of Sri Lanka when a major fire breaks out. One of them gets lost and ends up at the Vizag port, separated from the family because of the other’s betrayal. The story then deals with the lead character fighting for the rights of refugees. It was among the earlier collaborations between Rajamouli and Prabhas and has been remade in Kannada with the same title and in Bengali titled Refugee.
“We have updated the script to match Bollywood sensibilities,” said Jayantilal Gada, producer of the film, in a statement issued on Friday. The film is being produced under the banner of Gada’s production company Pen Studios.
#Tollywood’s super star @BSaiSreenivas is making a #Grand #Bollywood #Debut With The Remake Of S.S.Rajamouli #Prabhas starrer #Chatrapathi 🏹 with same title To Be Directed By @vvvinayak3 and produced by #PenMovies @jayantilalgada pic.twitter.com/EH8YxZD9kV
— PEN INDIA LTD. (@PenMovies) November 27, 2020
The Hindi remake is the actor-director duo’s second collaboration. Sreenivas had made his debut in 2014 with the Telugu action-comedy Alludu Seenu, directed by Vinayak. In a statement issued on Friday, Sreenivas said that the film is a “great opportunity” to be reunited with his “first ever director”.
Sreenivas was last seen in a 2019 Telugu psychological-thriller Rakshasudu and has recently given the Telugu voice over for Tenali Ramakrishna in the pan-India animation Dhira.
The official release date of the Hindi remake Chatrapthi has not been announced yet.