Director Harish Shankar has confirmed that he is directing the Telugu remake of Karthik Subbaraj’s Jigarthanda. The movie is likely to feature Varun Tej in the lead.
The director said in an IE report, “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.”
Harish Shankar is getting back to filmmaking after one and a half years. He previously directed the Allu Arjun starrer DJ – Duvvada Jagannadham.
Varun Tej had earlier said that he was offered a role in the remake. He said, “It’s true that the makers approached me with an offer, but I haven’t officially signed on the dotted line yet. I’m really considering the offer because it’s a film I really liked. I should be taking a call very soon.”
He was reportedly approached to play Bobby Simha’s character from the original.
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 Simha) to make a film on his life. Simha’s role as the gangster Assault Sethu won him the National Award for the best supporting actor.
Official confirmation about the film’s cast is yet to be made, but reports suggest that Naga Shaurya is likely to play the lead character in the movie.
Raj Tarun is rumoured to be playing Karunakaran’s role from the original movie. Rashmika Mandanna, with whom Naga Shourya shared the screen in this year’s Chalo, is in talks to play the female lead. Lakshmi Menon had played the female lead in the original.
Jigarthanda became a big success after its release in 2014. It was also remade in Kannada in 2016. The film was produced by actor Sudeep.
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