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Rajamouli Film: No Bollywood Heroine For Mahesh Babu

By SUBHASH K JHA
May 06, 2022 18:52 IST
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IMAGE: Mahesh Babu with S S Rajamouli, Chiranjeevi, Siva Koratala, Prabhas and Niranjan Reddy. Photograph: Kind courtesy Mahesh Babu/Instagram

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu, who has a big release coming up this week -- Sarkaru Vaari Paata -- will be moving to his next project in July.

Hopefully, by then Director S S Rajamouli would have the script for the proposed project ready.

To be jointly penned by Rajamouli and his screenwriter father Vijayendra Prasad, the untitled film is said to be a contemporary adventure-thriller.

"Mahesh Babu is not too keen on doing a costume drama or a period film at this stage of his career. His fans like to see him in contemporary themes with a social message. And after Baahubali and RRR, Rajamouli has had enough of chariots, bows-arrows and vintage cars. So Mahesh Babu's film will be set in a contemporary setting," a source tells Subhash K Jha.

 

There will be no Bollywood heroine in this project either.

Until a year ago, actresses like Shraddha Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Pooja Hegde were being paid astronomical amounts to lend their presence in Telugu cinema. This trend has changed after the pan-India success of Pushpa and KGF.

Both starred leading ladies (Rashmika Mandanna, Srinidhi Shetty respectively), who are unknown to Hindi audiences.

Says a source close to Mahesh Babu, "He doesn't need any pricey heroine from Bollywood nor does he crave to be a pan-India star. If it happens, it happens. If not, he is more than happy with his fan base in Andhra and Telangana."

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