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Vikram director Lokesh Kanagaraj to foray into Telugu cinema with Allu Arjun's film?

Allu Arjun was seen latest in Pushpa: The Rise. Jointly produced by Mythri Movie Makers and Muttamsetty Media, the action thriller also features Rashmika Mandanna, Sunil, and Fahadh Faasil in pivotal roles. The Sukumar-directorial streams on Amazon Prime Video.

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Last Updated: 01.12 AM, Jun 20, 2022

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Vikram director Lokesh Kanagaraj to foray into Telugu cinema with Allu Arjun's film?
Lokesh Kanagaraj and Allu Arjun

If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, Lokesh Kanagaraj, whose latest release was Vikram, will collaborate with Allu Arjun. Hearsay is that the Vikram director will start work on this project, once the Telugu superstar finishes the shoot of Pushpa 2. According to unconfirmed reports, Allu Arjun has given his nod to play the lead role in this untitled film. However, nothing has been made official thus far. 

It was said that Lokesh had approached Prabhas, Ram Charan, and Jr NTR, before approaching Allu Arjun. 

In addition, there's a buzz that he is in talks for a film with Atlee, who's busy directing Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan. Allu Arjun also has a film with director Koratala Siva, in his kitty. Said to be a pan-Indian project, this one, will be bankrolled by the director’s friend Mikkilineni Sudhakar and the actor’s friends Sandy, Swathi, and Natti. The Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo actor stated that he had been waiting to work with Koratala Siva for a long time. This will be his 21st film.

Arjun's last release was Pushpa: The Rise (2021), which set the box office on fire. And, Lokesh Kanagaraj is four films old, with all of his projects, becoming a hit. So, if they both join forces, it will be interesting to look forward to.

In the last five years, Arjun has been expanding his base as a pan-Indian actor. "Since most of our films cater to crossover audiences, I think it’s time we make films for multilingual viewers. If Baahubali could rake in over Rs. 200 crore, it was only possible because it was released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi,” Arjun said. 

And, Arjun firmly believes, that there has always been a market for bilinguals. "It’s just that we have realised it late, but I’m glad filmmakers are finally open to the idea. I’m looking forward to working with directors from the Tamil and Malayalam film industries."

Commenting on the successful run of his films, Arjun says he hopes this momentum doesn’t stop. "The pressure to succeed has considerably increased as people will now expect my next film to do much better.”

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