Shekar, directed by Jeevitha, is the Telugu remake of the Malayalam hit Joseph
Actor Rajashekar, who braved past a serious health scare during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, is well and truly back in action, having committed to a flurry of projects. The first among them lining up for a release is a project nearly named after himself, Shekar, the remake of the Malayalam hit Joseph that starred Joju George in the lead. The film, directed by Jeevitha Rajashekar and produced by Venkata Srinivas Bogaram, Beeram Sudhakara Reddy, Rajashekar's daughters Shivani and Shivathmika under Lakshya Productions and Pegasus CineCorp, is fast nearing completion.
The makers have announced today that the first glimpse of Shekar will be unveiled on November 25. The announcement poster has Rajashekar sporting a stylish hairdo, giving an intense look, while sitting alongside a Royal Enfield amid a forest. This is the 91st film of actor Rajashekar, who was last seen in Prasanth Varma's Kalki (Arjuna, released in 2020, was a long-delayed film). A majority of Shekar's shoot has been wrapped already. Anu Sitara and Muskaan Khubchandani play the leading ladies.
Through the filmmaking over the past few months, it was told that Shekar was being directed by a newcomer named Lalith and it looks like he has left the project half-way to make way for Jeevitha (who has also penned the screenplay). Noted writer Lakshmi Bhupal is penning the dialogues. The film is being cinematographed by Mallikarjun Naragani and has music by Anup Rubens. Garry BH is editing the film for which Dattatreya is the art director.
The original film Joseph is simultaneously being remade in Kannada as Ravi Bopanna with V Ravichandran and Visithiran in Tamil, featuring R K Suresh in the lead role. Joseph was originally directed by M Padmakumar. The plot revolves around a retired police officer, who after the death of his ex-wife, is dragged into a case of illegal organ trade.