Directed by Gunasekhar, Rudhramadevi, reportedly India’s first historical stereoscopic 3D film will be releasing this Friday. It is based on the life of Rani Rudhramadevi of Kakatiya dynasty who ruled in the 13th century. After enthralling audience as Devasena in Baahubali, actress Anushka Shetty, will now be portraying this role.
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Director Gunasekhar shared that an exclusive research team and historians were brought on board to conduct extensive research on Rudhramadevi and her time as a ruler.
“There are many versions of the story and her relationships. But we conducted first-hand research. I am glad that I have the privilege to tell this story to the audience,” beamed the director. He also added that the film’s creative team worked hard to stick to their commitment of delivering “the first 3D film.”
Gunasekhar is a happy man that the film, which started long before Baahubali, after being stalled multiple times, is finally nearing its release date.
Working for perfection
Actor Allu Arjun who plays a brief role of Gona Ganna Reddy in the film could not stop talking about how the team and actors came together, not just to make a good film, but showcase the culture of the Telugu states.
“Telangana dialects for instance are varied. What Telangana people speak in reality is a lot different from what is shown in our movies. It is highly exaggerated. But this time, we studied the language and brought in the real, rural dialect,” shared the actor. He also went on deliver a dialogue from the film. He heaped praise on his co-star and good friend, Rana Daggubati. “He is good looking, better looking than I am. In fact, that is why he ends up with Rudhramadevi in the film,” he laughed.
On a serious note, he added, “Most of us joined the team much later. But it was Rana who supported the idea from the start, only because of his love for history.”
Veterans on board
Though Rudhramadevi’s shooting began much before Baahubali, thanks to the frenzy it has created, every film is compared to it. With Rudhramadevi being a period film, the comparison is much higher. But director Gunasekhar says otherwise.
“It is not the same, it is completely different. Baahubali has set the standards and it will not be right to compare Rudhramadevi with Baahubali.”
The film is narrated by Megastar Chiranjeevi. The director says the actor was excited to lend his voice. “Amitabh Bachchan lent his voice for Lagaan. A movie gets more recognition if you have a Superstar lending their voice in the film.When I spoke to Chiranjeevi sir, he immediately agreed to work with us,” he said.
Besides, Chiranjeevi, maestro Illayaraja has composed music to lyrics penned by Sirivennela Sitaramasastry.
The film also features Prakash Raj, Krishnam Raju and Baba Sehgal. It is being made in Telugu and Tamil and will be dubbed into Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam.