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‘Mugguru Monagallu’ Director Says Success of Telugu Comedy Films in Theatres Post the Covid-19 First Wave Gave Them the Confidence to Opt for Theatrical Release

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Mugguru Monagallu, the upcoming Telugu feature film directed by debutant filmmaker Abhilash Reddy, is set to release in theatres on August 6, the makers of the film announced on social media on Thursday. It is set to clash at the box office with the Kiran Abbavaram starrer SR Kalyanamandapam.

Produced by Achut Ramarao under the Chitra Mandir banner, Mugguru Monagallu has Teja Cheepurupalli and Ravinder Reddy Addula serving as co-producers.

Speaking to Silverscreen India about the film, director Reddy said, “The title means ‘three great people’ and the film has three protagonists. It is a comedy crime thriller with elements of dark comedy.”

The film features Kannada actor Deekshith Shetty, who shot to fame with Dia (2020), alongside Srinivas Reddy and Vennala Ramarao in the lead roles. “They play the three protagonists, who are deaf (Reddy), blind (Ramarao), and dumb (Shetty). The story revolves around a murder mystery and the three of them have separate clues to the crime. They are strangers to each other who come to the police station separately with the clues, and that is where they meet. The rest of the film is about what happens to them when solving the crime,” the filmmaker said.

Nasser plays an important cameo role, while newcomers Twisha Sharma and Swetha Varma are also part of the cast.

The story and dialogues have been written by Reddy’s friend, Apparla Sai Kalyan, and the screenplay has been penned by the duo. “I approached the producer through Facebook in July 2020 and we discussed the script soon after. Once everything was finalised, we started to shoot in October,” Reddy said, adding that the film was shot in Hyderabad and completed in a single 30-day schedule.

The post-production work is complete and the film has been certified U/A with a runtime of one hour 50 minutes, the filmmaker revealed. “There is only one song in the film, composed by Suresh Bobbili, while Chinna has provided the background score,” he added.

Mugguru Monagallu will be one among the first batch of films to be released in theatres once the establishments, which were shut in the wake of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, reopen.

Speaking about the choice to release the film in theatres, the filmmaker said, “Last year, when theatres were opened following the first wave with the film Solo Brathuke So Better, people went to theatres happily and enjoyed the film. Other films like Jathi Ratnalu and Krack were also released before the second wave. In all these cases, people thronged to theatres and the films were hits. Moreover, comedy films have done particularly well in theatres. This gave us the encouragement to release our film in theatres.”

Mugguru Monagallu will be dubbed in Kannada as well, Reddy revealed. “We are planning to release it in around 300 screens across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana.”

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