The latest updates from the Telugu film industry.
2015's mega blockbuster Baahubali: The Beginning can now be seen in various media like books, animation and video games, thanks to a partnership between its producer Arka Mediaworks, director SS Rajamouli and Graphic India, a leading entertainment company.
"Extending the world of Baahubali beyond movies allows us to reach a larger audiences and that is really exciting for me,' said Rajamouli. "We are happy to be collaborating with Graphic India, who I believe have the best knowledge and experience in this space."
Shobu Yarlagadda, CEO, Arka Mediaworks said: "Having created so many iconic stories and characters, there is no one more equipped than Graphic India, to take the story of Baahubali forward."
Graphic India and Arka are also working on a larger animated project, tentatively entitled Baahubali: the Lost Legends, which is being developed and produced by Rajamouli, Shobu Yarlagadda and Graphic India co-founder Sharad Devarajan.
Ram Charan and Arvind Swamy in the Telugu remake of Thani Oruvan
Mohan Raja's 2015 Tamil film Thani Oruvan, starring Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Nayanthara and Ganesh Venkatraman, was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful film.
Ram Charan has now teamed up with filmmaker Surendar Reddy (of Race Gurram and Kick 2 fame) for its Telugu remake.
Ram Charan will play a powerful cop, played by Jayam Ravi in the Tamil original.
After much speculation on who would play the antagonist -- superbly essayed by Arvind Swamy -- comes news that the Roja actor will reprise his role in the remake.
Rakul Preet Singh will play Ram Charan's love interest.
This action-thriller is being produced by Allu Aravind, who had earlier produced Charan’s Magadheera.
Aseem Mishra is the cinematographer, Rajeevan the production designer, Nagendra is in charge of art, Naveen Nooli is the editor and Hip Hop Adi composes music.
In the picture, from left to right: Ram Charan, producer Allu Aravind and director Surendar Reddy