Atharvaa is likely to star in the Telugu remake of Jigarthanda, titled Valmiki. Directed by Harish Shankar, Valmiki would mark the actor’s Telugu debut if the casting is confirmed.
According to reports, the makers are in talks with the actor and have offered him the role played by Siddharth in the original. While a final decision is yet to be reached, an official announcement could be expected soon.
Talks regarding the Telugu remake of the movie emerged as early as December last year. Varun Tej, who was rumoured to be reprising Bobby Simhaa’s role from the original, confirmed the news by announcing that he had been approached for the movie. Latest reports have confirmed that Varun Tej has signed up for the film. Devi Sri Prasad has been hired as the music composer while the other crew members include Avinash Kolla, Chota K Prasad and Ayananka Bose. Mrinalini Ravi is rumoured to be playing the female lead.
Director Harish Shankar confirmed his participation in the remake in January. “Yes, I am remaking Jigarthanda in Telugu. Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta are producing the movie under 14 Reels Entertainment banner. We are planning to start production from Pongal,” he was quoted as saying by IE.
Harish Shankar is getting back to filmmaking after one-and-a-half years. He previously directed the Allu Arjun starrer DJ – Duvvada Jagannadham.
Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, who recently made Petta, Jiagarthanda was about an aspiring filmmaker (Siddharth) and his efforts to get close to a gangster (Bobby Simhaa) to make a film on his life. Simhaa’s role as gangster Assault Sethu won him the National Award for best supporting actor.
The film also starred Lakshmi Menon as the girl who sells food for a living but also steals on the side, and Guru Somasundaram as the acting coach who trains the gangsters to speak in gibberish.