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Nani on Shyam Singha Roy: Was reminded of my early days in the industry while shooting for the film

Shyam Singha Roy, also starring Sai Pallavi, Krithi Shetty and Madonna Sebastian, is directed by Rahul Sankrityan

  • Srivathsan Nadadhur

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 12.39 PM, Dec 22, 2021

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It's been a jolly good time for Telugu cinema viewers this December with an exciting lineup of releases like Akhanda, Pushpa The Rise, followed by Shyam Singha Roy this weekend. The reincarnation drama, starring Nani, Sai Pallavi, Krithi Shetty and Madonna Sebastian has hit the bull's eye with its pitch-perfect trailer, memorable music by Mickey J Meyer in addition to the extensive promotional tours over the last week. In an interaction with the media today, Nani reiterated his confidence in Shyam Singha Roy's success again.

"It's exciting to be back in action with a theatrical release after nearly two years. A periodic film is always a risky terrain to enter into, but Shyam Singha Roy had a great story, matched by a perfect cast. The terrific lineup of technicians was the icing on the cake. We spent over five months in the pre-production alone. The film will transport you into the 1970s, not only with the props but also with its ambience. There were nearly 200 people on the unit every day. I had many sweet memories shooting for it. We're quite confident of its success," Nani said.

One of the dual roles in Shyam Singha Roy will have Nani play Vasu, a director. "I was reminded of my early days in the industry while playing the role, but I must say Vasu enjoyed many more luxuries than me in real life. The film will hilariously showcase the struggles of filmmakers in the industry." The actor says the film has at least four episodes that'll provide an adrenaline rush and take the story in a different direction. 

Working with the director Rahul Sankrityan had apparently reminded him Jersey filmmaker Goutam Tinnanuri. "He has a very clear head, explains the minutest of aspects in great detail, has a great command over literature and gets excited about very little things. You'll need to watch the film to see how he brought his best onto the big screen. Rahul is mature, composed generally but I was genuinely surprised with the intensity of his speech at the pre-release event. Perhaps, he preserved his energy for the big moment."

The title character, Shyam Singha Roy, is a son to a Bengali-speaking father and a Telugu-speaking mother. The film will mostly unfold in Telugu, but the makers wanted to add authenticity to the setting with Bengali dialogues on a few occasions. The story revolves around a communist writer falling in love with a woman, who feels trapped within the clutches of the Devadasi culture. It's the most expensive film in Nani's career and the actor states that the budget for his upcoming film, Dasara, whose shoot will commence soon, will be even higher than Shyam Singha Roy.

Nani also added that the shoot of Ante Sundaraniki is more or less complete and is expected to release in April 2022. The actor shared his keenness to release his future films in multiple languages and is also game to do a pan-Indian film if the right script comes his way. 

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