The makers of the Telugu remake of ’96, are reportedly planning a crucial change in the script. They might set the film in the year 2009 instead of the original 1996. It was earlier confirmed that Samantha and Sharwanand will play the leads in the remake. C Premkumar will return as the director, and the film will be produced by Dil Raju.
According to a report, the makers want change to the year because they feel Sharwanand will fit his role better if the film is set in 2009. The makers are considering showing him in a younger look, with trimmed beard. Pre-production work on the film has reportedly begun. However, there is no confirmation regarding this, and the makers are unreachable for comment.
The film is expected to go on floors this March, and the release is scheduled for July. It is said the actor will wrap up Sudheer Varma’s film at the earliest so that he can concentrate on the remake.
Earlier it was confirmed that Samantha and Sharwanand will play Jaanu and Ram, characters played by Trisha and Viay Sethupathi in the Tamil original. Premkumar himself had announced the news.
It was also speculated that Trisha might play the lead, and talks were on with actors Rana, Nani, and others to play the role of Ram. Talking about it, director Prem Kumar had said, “Dil Raju and his team watched the film in Chennai and later discussed the movie with me. He has bought the Telugu remake rights and is very interested in 96. Dil Raju is in the United States right now. Nothing else has been confirmed. We just had a general conversation about the film. Nothing is final.”