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Mahesh Babu likely to join cast of Chiranjeevi’s untitled next

The actor is expected to make a 30-minute appearance in the flashback portion of the movie, which will be directed by Koratala Siva.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actor Mahesh Babu, who was last seen in Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020), may play a key role in Chiranjeevi’s upcoming, yet-to-be titled Telugu film.

The role was to be played by Ram Charan, who is currently busy with the shoot of SS Rajamouli’s RRR and is unable to take time out for the project. So the makers approached Mahesh Babu instead.

The actor will apparently be seen for 30 minutes in the flashback-portion of the movie. But he is yet to officially sign on the dotted line.

The film will feature Chiranjeevi in a double role. The movie is about a middle-aged Naxalite-turned-social reformer, who launches a fight against the endowments department over misappropriation and embezzlement of temple funds and donations. 

The project was officially launched last October and is expected to go on the floors from March. 

The film will have cinematography by Tirru while Sreekar Prasad will take care of editing. Suresh Selvarajan will handle the production design. 

Trisha has been signed as the leading lady. She will be reuniting with Chiranjeevi after a decade since they worked together in AR Murugadoss’s Stalin (2006).

The film, which will be jointly produced by Konidela Production Company and Matinee Entertainments, will be the first collaboration between Chiranjeevi and Koratala Siva. Reportedly, the makers are spending a Rs140 crore on the project.

Chiranjeevi was recently seen in Telugu period-drama Syeaa Narasimha Reddy (2019). The film, directed by Surender Reddy, saw him play the Kurnool-based freedom fighter, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. It also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi in key roles.