With the end of political bedlam and Chiranjeevi set to return after seven long years, fans and trade brim with excitement
After months of turmoil and hectic political activities, Andhra Pradesh has been bifurcated and life is almost back to normal.
The Telugu film industry too is relieved and the biggest development Tollywood is looking forward to is Chiranjeevi's return to silver screen after seven long years.
Speculations are rife about his 150th film and certain reports have created a flutter among the superstar's fans. For the last few days, the buzz in Hyderabad is that Chiranjeevi's comeback movie will be based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who fought against the British in Andhra nearly 170 years ago. Though the rumours led to celebrations among Chiru's fans, another report that writer Chinni Krishna has been commissioned to fine-tune the script has left them disgruntled. Apparently, the star's fans opine that Chinni may not be the best choice simply because his last two movies - Badrinath and Genius - bombed at the box office.
The fans, it is learnt, are planning to meet Chiru to rope in a different writer for the movie based on Andhra's best-known freedom fighter. Incidentally, it is not even clear whether Chiranjeevi has given the go-ahead for this particular project.
"Chiranjeevi is back to screen after several years. So whenever there is some kind of rumour about his 150th movie, his fans get excited. It is a fact that Chiranjeevi's 150th movie will happen later this year and it will be based on politics or a period film based on a historical personality. Unless it is officially announced, nothing can be certain though," said noted Telugu film critic A H Kumar. The rumours are so strong that director V V Vinayak, who is said to be close to Chiru, has been approached by several producers. However, neither the superstar nor the director has uttered a word about the project so far.
Last week too, there was a buzz that ace film-maker Mani Ratnam would direct Chiranjeevi's 150th movie, but later it turned out that the discussions between the two was about a Telugu-Tamil bilingual featuring Ram Charan Teja.
"There is a possibility that other directors like Vinayak might have narrated a subject to the megastar, leading to speculations. We are sure that whenever this 150th movie happens, it will be a big bang announcement," a leading distributor of Telugu movies said.
Chiranjeevi's last Telugu movie as a full-time hero was Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007).