We had told you earlier that Bharath Bopanna had been signed up to play Anand Sankeshwar in the biopic of his father, transport and media baron Vijay Sankeshwar, whose journey from owning a single truck to making it one of the largest fleet of buses and trucks is being brought to the screen. Directed by Rishika Sharma of Trunk fame, the under-production film has Nihal Rajput as Vijay. Yesterday, on the occasion of Anand’s birthday, the team released the first look of Bharath in character.
Speaking to us during the launch of the film in Hubbali, Bharath had said, ““It’s quite a privilege to play Anand Sankeshwar in the biopic. In fact, initially, I thought that my role might be limited, considering that this film is about Vijay Sankeshwar, but once I heard the narration, I realized that there’s a lot to do for me too. Anand is, after all, a very important pillar of the VRL group’s businesses, especially their media outlets.”
Bharath had earlier taken to social media, posting, “Hello everyone!!! I’m truly blessed to be a part of ‘Vijayanand’ movie… It’s a biopic on Legendary Vijay Sankeshwar sir… It’s a great honour to be playing the role of ANAND SANKESHWAR sir… I’m very sure this movie will inspire each and every single person… Thanku VRL FILM PRODUCTIONS, Vijay Sankeshwar sir, Anand Sankeshwar sir, our director @msrishikasharma mam and @mr_nihalr brother for trusting me and giving this opportunity.”
Vijayanand has an interesting star cast, including veteran actor Anant Nag, who plays Vijay’s father, BG Sankeshwar, Siri Prahlad as Lalitha Sankeshwar, Ravichandran V, Shine Shetty, Archana Kottige and Vinaya Prasad, among others. The team, we hear, is looking at winding up principal photography in one long schedule in Hubbali, where Vijay is from and laid the foundation of all his businesses. The film, which is being bankrolled by Vijay and his son Anand as the maiden venture for their VRL Film Productions, traces the former’s life from the 1950s to present day.