Venkatesh’s Guru set for Republic Day release

Venkatesh is replacing Madhavan as the washed-up boxing coach.

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Published:November 24, 2016 2:55 pm
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Venkatesh’s next action flick Guru is said to be in the last leg of its shoot and filmmaker have locked the release date. The film is reportedly slated to hit the screens on January 26 next year.

According to reports, the film unit has completed its schedule at Visakhapatnam and is now in Chennai to wrap the shoot. The Telugu movie, Guru, is the official remake of critically acclaimed sports drama Saala Khaados (Irudhi Suttru in Tamil) starring Ranganathan Madhavan. The film also featured newcomer Ritika Singh as an aspiring boxer, coached by Madhavan in the movie.

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In the Telugu version of the film, except for the lead role, the entire cast has been retained. Venkatesh is replacing Madhavan as the washed-up boxing coach. The actor looks all beefed up with a rugged beard all set for his new avatar as the coach.

Female lead Ritika Singh, a national-level kickboxer well-versed with mixed martial arts and karate, made her debut in Hindi films with Saala Khadoos.

The movie also features Mumtaz Sorcar, Nasser, Tanikella Bharani, Zakhir Hussain among other supporting roles. Under Sudha Kongara’s direction, the movie is being bankrolled by Y Not Studios, which had produced the original film too. Kongara had directed the Tamil version of the movie too.

The movie is about a boxer who quits the game following a scuffle with authorities over politics in sports but goes on to train a talented girl in order to fulfill his own dreams.

The film had turned out to be a money-spinner. The Tamil version raked in over Rs 15 crore in just two weeks.