The AP Arjun directorial was the launchpad of both the actors.
Kannada actress Sreeleela is one of the rising stars in Telugu cinema currently, after her debut with Pelli SandaD, which she followed up with Dhamaka, opposite Ravi Teja.
So, it comes as no surprise that her earlier Kannada films are also getting dubbed now and heading to theatres. On December 9, Sreeleela’s debut film, Kiss, in which she was paired with another newbie, Viraat, will release in Telugu. It is getting a title change, though, with the Telugu version coming to theatres as I Love You Idiot, which, incidentally, is one of the songs from the film.
Directed by AP Arjun, the romantic comedy drama, which came out in 2019, was inspired by the Korean film 100 Days with Mr Arrogant. Sreeleela played Nandini, an architecture student, who agrees to work for a millionaire called Arjun (Viraat) for 72 days, towards repayment of damages she inflicted on his expensive car. During the course of this ‘forced labour’, Nandini realizes that Arjun is not the arrogant spoilt brat she thought he was and develops feelings for him. However, at the end of her tenure, she leaves without opening up to him. And it is only after she leaves that he realizes that he too loves her. Whether or not they find their happily-ever-after forms the rest of the narrative.
The film is a V Harikrishna musical, and had six songs, including one by the late Puneeth Rajkumar. The Telugu version’s title comes from the song by Sanjith Hegde. The film also stars Chikkanna, Dattanna, and Sadhu Kokila, among others.
Sreeleela, who was last seen in Kannada in Hari Santhosh’s By 2 Love opposite Dhanveerah, has her Telugu film with Ravi Teja, Dhamaka, slated for a Christmas release. The actress is also working on the launchpad of Kireeti Reddy, the son of politician Janardhan Reddy, called Junior, which is a Kannada-Telugu bilingual.