The film, also starring his son, actor Naga Chaitanya, Krithi Shetty and Ramya Krishna, gears up to hit theatres on January 14
Nearly a dozen films are getting to release in Telugu states over these couple of weeks despite the concerning Omicron situation. Producers have gathered courage to try their luck in a privileged release slot that's not quite easy to get. Besides a flurry of small-budget films, the only major, big release in Telugu is the Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya starrer Bangarraju on January 14. At a press meet yesterday to announce the release date, Nagarjuna spoke at length about the film.
"Right from the time we began working on it, Bangarraju was meant to be a festival release. We have always called it 'Pandugalanti Cinema' and aimed to release it for Sankranti. January 14 was a release date that we always had on mind. However, we couldn't announce it for a long time because we were on our toes to complete the film as per schedule and only wanted to share the release date once we were confident of achieving our target. Even today, I am in constant touch with the post production team if we were ready to release it and only when they'd confirmed it, we announced the date," he said.
"We have been working non-stop on the film day and night since the commencement of shoot. I am really not sure how we have pulled off this challenge in completing a film with immense CGI, VFX work in such a short span amidst the pandemic. There was a greater force at play, motivating us to finish the film. All I can say is that we have not compromised on the making at any stage. Soggade Chinni Nayana too released on January 14 and if all goes right, we'll be hitting theatres on the festival day this time too," Nagarjuna added.
When asked if the postponement of RRR, Radhe Shyam would prove to be an advantage for Bangarraju, he stated, "It's unfortunate that big films like RRR and Radhe Shyam had to defer their release dates owing to the Omicron situation. It's a big blow to them and they certainly deserve to release their films when the entire world can come together to watch it. I know how disappointed they are. However, Bangarraju is meant mainly for the Telugu audience. Only time can tell if our release for Sankranti 2022 would augur us well. I would like to thank my entire team for their hardwork and dedication."
Bangarraju also stars Krithi Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Jhansi, Faria Abdullah among others and is written, directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala. The film is produced by Annapurna Studio in collaboration with Zee Studios. ZEE5 has grabbed the streaming rights of Bangarraju.