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Amitabh Bachchan joins Prabhas in Mahanati director’s upcoming magnum opus


Announced to commemorate Vyjayanthi Movies' golden jubilee, the project also stars Deepika Padukone in her Telugu debut. 

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been roped in to play a key character in director Nag Ashwin's magnum opus featuring Prabhas, its makers have announced. Director Nag Ashwin took to Twitter on Friday to confirm that Bachchan would essay a full-length role. 

"Not a guest role or a special appearance...but a full length role so important, that his character’s name was the working title of an early draft...thank you @SrBachchan sir for the privilege. We will make it worthy of your time #Prabhas #DeepikaPadukone (sic)," Nag Ashwin tweeted. 

An excited Bachchan took to Twitter and wrote that it was an honour and a privilege to be a part of the "momentous venture".

Announced to commemorate Vyjayanthi Movies' golden jubilee, the project also stars Deepika Padukone in her Telugu debut. 

Producer Aswini Dutt said in a statement that's he was thrilled to be associated with the legendary Hindi cinema actor, stating that the late NTR was an admirer of Bachchan and had even acted in the Telugu remakes of a few of his hit films. "Shri NTR and I had watched the landmark film Sholay several times when it ran for over a year at NTR's Ramakrishna Theatre. After all these years, it is truly a glorious and immensely satisfying moment for me to welcome Indian cinema’s greatest icon, Shri Bachchan to be a part of this prestigious movie under our banner, Vyjayanthi Movies. It is a production house that began its cinematic journey with Shri NTR and also was named by him,” said Dutt.

Nag Ashwin said he felt blessed that Bachchan had opted to work on the project. "It is a full-length role, which we believe will do justice to the legend that he is,” he said.