Amitabh Bachchan joins sets of Chiranjeevi's Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy for cameo appearance

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Mar 28, 2018 14:03:55 IST

Megastar Chiranjeevi’s upcoming Telugu period drama Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which chronicles the epic story of Kurnool-based freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, officially went on the floors in December in Hyderabad last year. The film is being directed by Surender Reddy, popular for helming the Kick franchise and produced by Ram Charan on a whopping budget of Rs 150 crore.

First-look poster of. Facebook

First-look poster of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Facebook

The makers will commence work on the film’s second schedule in which all the major combination scenes between Chiranjeevi and the rest of the cast will be shot. On 28 March, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a cameo in the film, joined the sets and his portion will be wrapped in just a few days.

“He reached Hyderabad on Monday (26 March). After doing a look test, he joined the regular shooting from today. He will be seen playing a cameo in the film and the team plans to wrap up his portion by this week. Bachchan saab plays Chiranjeevi’s guru in the film and even though it’s a cameo his role is very important from the story’s perspective,” a source told Firstpost.

Hours before landing in Hyderabad for the shoot, Big B wrote on his blog that he’s thrilled to be part of this project. “Dear friend Chiranjeevi, that majestic super star and icon from the world of Andhra and Telugu cinema, requests for a guest appearance in his magnum opus, on a most valiant period character that he portrays, and I agree. So, am off to begin its shoot in Hyderabad in a few hours,” he wrote and shared his look from the film.

Amitabh Bachchan's look in the film. Image source: http://srbachchan.tumblr.com/

Amitabh Bachchan's look in the film. Image source: http://srbachchan.tumblr.com/

After being announced with much fanfare in August 2017, the film’s first poster and motion poster were subsequently released. After Baahubali, it is tipped to be the most exciting multi-starrer to come out of southern cinema. On signing the project, Chiranjeevi had said it was his long-time desire to play a historic character. In 2017, on his show Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, he said he regretted missing out an opportunity to play the character of legendary Bhagat Singh.

“It has always been my dream to play Bhagat Singh. Despite being offered the role back then, I couldn’t play it for several reasons and it was later played by several of my counterparts. It was played by several actors across languages. I regret missing out on an opportunity to play the role because I don’t think anyone wants to make a film on him today,” Chiranjeevi said.

Double Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman was originally signed for the project. However, in December 2017, he opted out of the project, citing scheduling conflict and his exit came as a big blow to the makers. He told reporters in Hyderabad that he had to opt out of the project due to other commitments. “I was looking forward to working on this project but things didn’t work out as per my schedule. Even though I wanted to work on this project, things didn’t work in my favour as there’s only a certain amount of work one can take up.”

The makers are yet to find a replacement for Rahman; however, names such as Ilaiyaraaja, SS Thaman and Amit Trivedi have been doing the rounds.

The film boasts an exciting ensemble cast featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Kichcha Sudeep, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi and Jagapathi Babu in important roles. Popular Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi will be seen as Chiranjeevi’s trusted aide, Obayya.

Updated Date: Mar 28, 2018 14:03:55 IST