Republic stars Sai Dharam Tej, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu in the lead roles
Prasthanam filmmaker Deva Katta, who has been out of action in Telugu cinema for a while now, promises to return with a bang with his latest political drama Republic. The film features Sai Dharam Tej, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu in the lead roles and is slated to hit theatres on October 1, a day before Gandhi Jayanti. Republic's promos and songs have already created enough buzz among audiences and hint at a gripping saga. A power-packed trailer of the film, launched by actor Chiranjeevi today, only confirms the same.
The trailer glimpses life through the lens of Panja Abhiram, a newly appointed collector who's a stickler for rules and regulations and will go to any length to ensure propriety in the district he's taken charge of. He's in a war of words with Dasharadh and a superior, Vishakha Vani, concerning the corruption within the system. Abhiram asks people to take responsibility for their place, encourages them to question, to be aware of their rights and stay fearless in the hour of crisis. There are long monologues about democracy, legislature, judiciary and republic in this dialogue-fest.
There's very little scope for grey in Republic; the lines between good and bad, right and wrong are extremely clear. Sai Dharam Tej and Ramya Krishna have contrasting outlooks on the system. While the former seeks the larger good of the society, the latter is shrewd, takes advantage of the system for personal benefit. Jagapathi Babu's tryst with negative roles continues with Republic, while Aishwarya Rajesh looks to be cast as a journalist in the same.
Republic has music by Mani Sharma, is edited by KL Praveen and cinematographed by M. Sukumar. J B Entertainments has produced the film in collaboration with Zee Studios. ZEE5 has bagged the digital streaming rights of Republic.