It was a bitter-sweet moment for fans of Megastar Chiranjeevi when he faced the arc lights after a span of six years for a cameo role in his son Ram Charan’s upcoming actioner Bruce Lee. Chiranjeevi’s previous appearance on the big-screen was also a cameo in SS Rajamouli’s Magadheera in 2009, and while fans are delighted to see him back in action, sources have now revealed that the actor-turned-politician would appear on screen for a period of just three minutes.
It was earlier revealed by sources close to the film that Chiranjeevi’s cameo would be significant to the film and would entail a fight sequence and a special song with Ram Charan and another actress. However, sources have now announced that his role has been cut short to ensure the film is ready for a release on October 16.
“Chiranjeevi has insisted that his role be cut short so that the film can release on time. As a result, the makers have decided to remove the song sequence and the megastar will be seen only in action scene in a cameo appearance that will last just three minutes,” revealed a source from the film’s production unit.
This is also a departure from what director Sreenu Vaitla has promising Chiru’s ardent fans, as he said the megastar’s role would come as a “surprise” to the audience. Nonetheless, the director was upbeat about shooting with the veteran star.
“The day has finally come. Truly honoured to be shooting with Megastar Chiranjeevi garu in sometime. Thank you and ever grateful sir for making it memorable,” Vaitla posted on Twitter on Monday, before shooting with Chiranjeevi.
It remains to be seen if there is a bigger surprise in store for fans when the film hits screens next month.
Produced by DVV Danayya, Bruce Lee also features Rakul Preet Singh and Kriti Kharbanda in important roles.