Dileep as Satya Sai Baba

Dileep has never been found wanting when it comes to accepting a challenge or shy of stepping out of his comfort zone. In what could be the role of a lifetime, he is getting ready to play the lead in a Telugu movie, Baba Sathya Sai, to be directed by Kodi Ramakrishnan. The actor confirmed that he will act as the godman in the film, which has been in the news with leading names from Mollywood including Mohanlal rumoured to have been approached for the role. The remuneration is said to be unheard of for a Mollywood actor, pitch forking him to the top- most league.

He has played many an offbeat role including that of a hunchback and transvestite and his last outing was as a woman in Mayamohini, but acting as Sathya Sai Baba will be a challenge of a different kind, taking into account the late godman’s unmatched fame and popularity. The versatile actor agrees that it is a huge responsibility. “This is going to be a totally different experience! I am very happy that I have been given a chance to act as the spiritual head. I will be enacting the Baba’s years from age 25-85. The schedule is also going to be one of the longest I have done with locations right from Kanyakumari to Kashmir including Puttaparthi and the Himalayas.”