Sharan Kumar, the grandson of Vijaya Nirmala – late Telugu actor, filmmaker and 2002 Guinness World Records title holder for the most number of films directed by a woman- is making his acting debut with an upcoming Telugu film written and directed by Ramachandra Vattikutti. Shooting for the film commenced in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Sharan Kumar is yet another member of the Ghattamaneni family- after Nirmala, Padma Bhushan awardee and National award winning actor turned politician Krishna (Nirmala’s second husband) and Telugu actor Mahesh Babu (Krishna’s son from his first marriage)- to venture into acting in the Telugu film industry.
Surendra Kumar Naidu, the film’s publicity manager, told Silverscreen India that the film that has not yet been titled is a ‘romantic crime thriller’ and will release in theatres in Summer, 2021.
The film also features Saaho fame Gemini Suresh, Palasa 1978 fame Jabardasth Trinath, Surendhar Reddy, Sahithi Bharadwaj, Venkat Ramana, Satish Dasaram, Dr JB Prasad, Rahul Ramzan Shah, Kiran M, Pravallika, Srimani, Gopal, Harsha, Master Jwalith, among others.
Actor MM William will be playing the role of an antagonist in the film.
In a press release issued yesterday, director Vattikutti stated that he has already signed a Bollywood actor to play the lead opposite Sharan in the film and will make an official announcement regarding the same soon.
The film is produced by Srilatha B Venkat and Venkat Bulemani under the Cineteria Media Works production banner. The cinematography is handled by Bharadwaj and the editing by Lokesh Kumar Kadali. Raghu Ram is the music composer for the film.
During the film’s launch in October this year, members of Sharan’s family including actors Naresh, Sudheer Babu (Mahesh Babu’s brother-in-law), and Krishna attended the event along with actors Jayasudha and Sai Dharam Tej.
While the initial shooting schedule commenced in Hyderabad, on Sunday, shooting will take place in Bengaluru, Mangalore and Chennai in January and February, next year, say makers of the film.