Bellamkonda Sreenivas, the Telugu actor who was last seen in the action-comedy film Alludu Adhurs (2021), will be reprising the role of actor Dhanush in the official Telugu remake of the hit Tamil film Karnan, publicity manager Vamsi Shekar told Silverscreen India.
“Bellamkonda Sreenivas is currently working on Chatrapati, the Hindi remake of the Telugu film by the same name. The set work of the film has been completed but presently there is a night curfew imposed in Hyderabad and most of the shootings have been postponed due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The film is yet to start its first schedule. Only after finishing filming this film, he will move on to the Karnan remake,” Vamsi said.
Chatrapati is directed by VV Vinayak and produced by Pen Studios banner. It marks Srinivas’ Hindi film debut. The original Telugu version was directed by SS Rajamouli starring Prabhas and Shriya Saran in the lead roles and released in 2005.
Vamsi that the director and the rest of the cast and technical crew members will be announced in the next 10-15 days. While it has been speculated that Srinivas’s father and film producer Bellamkonda Suresh will be producing the film, Vamsi clarified that a “top production house” had acquired the Telugu remake rights of Karnan.
Karnan, which released in theatres on April 9, opened to positive reviews. Written and directed by filmmaker Mari Selvaraj, Karnan is loosely based on the 1995 Kodiyankulam caste violence and stars Malayalam actor Rajisha Vijayan in her Tamil debut, Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, Gouri Kishan, Natarajan Subramaniam, Lal, and Yogi Babu. It was produced by Kalaippuli S Thanu under V Creations banner with music by Santhosh Narayanan.
Karnan’s Telugu version will Sreenivas’s fourth remake project after the 2016 Telugu romantic comedy Speedunnodu (remake of Tamil film Sundarapandian), Telugu psychological thriller film Rakshasudu (remake of Tamil film Ratsasan), and Chatrapati.