On the evening of February 5, contrary to rumours, Salaar makers Hombale Films confirmed that it will continue to on board as producer for Rakshit’s Ulidavaru Kandanthe sequel
In the last several days, the buzz in industry circles has been around the possibility that Hombale Films, which had announced its collaboration with actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty on his next, Richard Anthony, long ago, had backed out of this commitment. Rakshit was looking at producing the film himself, it was said, which a netizen tweeted to him and wished him all the best, if it was indeed true, which the former liked, which was seen as affirmation of the development.
However, late last evening, a Hombale Films spokesperson confirmed that the production house is still very much onboard the project and that Richard Anthony would go on floors in March or April. This led to further speculation as the production house is known to stick to certain pre-determined and auspicious dates for their ventures. For instance, KGF: Chapter 2 got the date vacated by Salaar (April 14), which in turn took up Yuva’s (Yuva Rajkumar’s debut film) December 22 slot. Yuva was then pushed to March 28, 2024, but the latest is that it won’t make this deadline and Richard Anthony’s muhurtha will be fixed instead.
Although March 28 has been announced as Yuva’s release date, there has been no update about the status of the film from the team in a while. Although it’s star kid’s launch (Yuva is the younger son of Raghavendra Rajkumar, who is widely seen as the successor to the late Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar), and, hence, will likely get a grand opening irrespective of publicity, netizens reckon that with only a month and a half to go, the team will have to pick up pace and begin promotions shortly.
The probable likelihood is that Yuva will get pushed ahead to another suitable date, which Hombale Films will announce shortly. However, with the Lok Sabha elections also looming large, the banner will need to get Yuva out quickly. It could also be that Yuva will retain its March 28 release, with Richard Anthony getting a muhurtha in early April and Rakshit proceeding to Udupi to shoot the film.
As has been the case with Salaar: Ceasefire, a promotional blitzkrieg of 3-4 weeks could be enough for Yuva, with the trailer on the late Puneeth’s birth anniversary on March 17. Well, here’s looking at Hombale Films for a clear picture on what is happening with Yuva.