Pawan Kalyan remembers his shelved film Satyagrahi
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Pawan Kalyan remembers his shelved film Satyagrahi

Satyagrahi was to be directed by the actor, politician himself and produced by AM Rathnam

Srivathsan Nadadhur
Oct 11, 2021
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It was nostalgia time today for Pawan Kalyan fans as the actor, politician looked back at his shelved film Satyagrahi, that was launched on a grand note in Hyderabad almost a decade and a half ago. The film was touted to be Pawan Kalyan's second film as a director after Johnny, which turned out to be a box office dud. Several leading names in the industry including his then partner Renu Desai, (late) Dasari Narayana Rao, Venkatesh, VV Vinayak, Allu Arjun, Allu Aravind and Nithiin were part of Satyagrahi's launch event. Satyagrahi (Satyame Naa Ayudham) was to be produced by AM Rathnam and have music by AR Rahman. 

What made Pawan Kalyan look back at Satyagrahi today? Sharing the film's poster across his social media handle, he captioned it, "A political film inspired by Loknayak ‘Jayaprakash Narayan’s ‘ Emergency movement in the contemporary times. Did the film opening in 2003( I think) and shelved it to do it in real life. It’s more satisfying to walk the talk rather than to act it out in a film." The tweet, though politically charged, rekindled a lot of memories about the much-publicised films in the early 2000s. 

Though the star didn't clearly reveal why he chose to shelve the film back then, he told that he would rather practise than preach in a film. At the time of the film's launch, Pawan Kalyan had stated that he was making Satyagrahi to discuss social atrocities. He had also mentioned that the film would have commercial appeal and wouldn't look like a documentary. It was AM Rathnam's effort to spread social awareness through his films that made Pawan Kalyan choose him as a producer. Much to the disappointment of Pawan Kalyan's fans, Satyagrahi didn't take off later.

The actor, politician has committed to three films now - Bheemla Nayak, Harihara Veera Mallu and Bhavadeeyudu Bhagat Singh. While Bheemla Nayak, which also stars Rana Daggubati, Nithya Menen, Samyuktha Menon, is releasing on January 12, 2022, Harihara Veera Mallu (which features Nidhhi Agerwal as the leading lady) is slated to hit theatres in the later part of 2022. Bhavadeeyudu Bhagat Singh, directed by Harish Shankar, will have him pair up opposite Pooja Hegde for the first time in his career.

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