After playing Lord Ram in Sree Rama Rajyam, seasoned star Balakrishna will now essay the role of a revered warrior king in his landmark 100th film. Leading businessman-turned-producer Yellamanchali Saibaba, who won accolades for his mythological film Sree Rama Rajyam, will shell out over Rs 30 crore for the sets and costumes of the period film set between 1300 and 1700 B.C.
Art director Krishna, responsible for the opulent sets of Sree Rama Rajyam, is already working on gathering material and drawing up blue prints for the set design. So, will Balakrishna be playing King SriKrishna Devaraya in the magnum opus? “No, it’s not the story of SriKrishna Devaraya. In fact, it’s about another valiant king of the time hailing from a popular dynasty,” informs a source.
Four dynasties ruled the Vijayanagara empire in the same period: Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva and Aravidu. “This king was also a fearless warrior, great humanist and administrator but his work went unnoticed. We want to give him his due on celluloid,” adds the source. K. Raghavendra Rao will direct the film and the hit pair of Balakrishna and Nayantara could be repeated, after their twin hits Simha and Sree Rama Rajyam. “Actress Nayantara is one of our options as she and Balakrishna share great on-screen chemistry,” says the source.
Meanwhile, producer Yellamanchali Saibaba refuses to divulge any details about the film. “We haven’t finalised a script yet. We do want to make a big film with Balakrishnagaru after Sree Rama Rajyam but nothing has been confirmed,” he says. With Balakrishna’s Sreemannarayana (98th) and the sequel to Aditya 369 (99th) on track, a historical as his 100th film would certainly befit the illustrious career of this scion of the Nandamuri family.