Confirmed: Samantha Akkineni & Sharwanand Step Into Trisha & Vijay Sethupathi’s Shoes!!

The Telugu remake of 96!

Tamil film 96, which released last year, has created waves in the South Indian industry thanks to debut director C Prem Kumar’s terrific story. It was speculated that there will be a Telugu version of the film made but the casting was not finalised. However, now sources claim that casting has been finalised and it will star Samantha Akkineni in Trisha’s Jaanu role and Sharwanand in Vijay Sethupathi’s Ram role. The film will again be directed by Prem Kumar.

The film is still untitled but will have producer Dil Raju is bankrolling it. Shoot is expected to start from April.

The original film has created a massive craze among fans. The two characters in the film – Ram and Jaanu – are popular as memes and quotes on the internet, in addition to many trying to emulate these two. A romantic drama, the film is a poem of sorts, of the reunion of two high school lovers and a poignant look at their story 22 years later. Trisha’s character has become so popular, that even the outfit she wears is something that most apparel stores are stocking up on. Playing Jaanu aka Janaki Devi, Trisha is seen wearing a simple yellow kurta, light blue jeans and a blue silk stole with hair tied into a low ponytail and a tiny bindi on the forehead.

The film has also inspired a Kannada remake that stars Bhavana in the lead. The film will be directed by Preetham Gubbi.

Meanwhile, Samantha Akkineni has had a lot of releases in 2018 alone. She’s had five releases (including 2 bilinguals) that have done well at the box-office. She started her year with ‘Rangasthalam’, then ‘Mahanati’ (‘Nadigaiyar Thilagam’ in Tamil), ‘Irumbu Thirai’, ‘Seema Raja’, and ‘U-Turn’ (in Tamil and Telugu). In the pipeline, she has ‘Super Deluxe’ that’s slated to release soon, wherein she plays a girl called Vaembu. She also has Majili with her husband Naga Chaitanya.

Sharwanand was recently seen in the Hanu Raghavapudi directorial Padi Padi Leche Manasu. He is currently busy shooting for an untitled actioner, helmed by Sudheer Varma.

READ: Interview with Prem Kumar

ALSO READ: JFW’s Review of ’96’

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