While there are reports that suggest that Samantha will not play the 70-year-old but will only play the younger version, she hasn’t confirmed the same. Shooting is expected to begin by December this year. The makers of the film, which will be released in Telugu, have secured the rights for the remake. Reports indicate that Naga Shaurya is likely to have an important role but it will be a film solely featuring women. A senior actor might just play the role of the 70-year-old woman.
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). She has Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe, featuring Vijay Sethupathi as a trans woman called Shilpa. The film will also have Fahadh Faasil, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin, Gayathrie, Naveen Vikram, Jackson Joy and Bagavathi Perumal in pivotal roles. In the pipeline, has a film with actor-husband Naga Chaitanya. The schedule of the film was wrapped up recently in Visakhapatnam. The two who met on the sets of ‘Yen Maaya Chesaave’, got married in 2017 October. This will be their fourth film together and first as husband and wife.
There are also rumours doing the rounds that she might play the lead in the Telugu version of the recently released Tamil film ’96’. Telugu film industry’s top producer Dil Raju will be bankrolling the remake under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations. So far, the lead actors have not been finalised although it is speculated that Samantha Akkineni might play the role of Jaanu. Actor Nani was rumoured to have been interested in the role but turns out, he’s only interested in co-producing it.