Arjun Reddy actress Shalini Pandey will make her debut with 100% Kaadhal, which is the Tamil remake of Telugu film 100% Love starring Naga Chaitanya and Tamannaah. The remake stars GV Prakash in the other lead role and is being directed by director Mouli. The shooting of the film is currently under progress and is expected to hit the theatres in the early part of 2018. And Shalini Pandey now bags her second film in Tamil and will be seen pairing up with actor Jiiva. The film is yet to be titled and will be directed by debutante Don Sandy. The music of the film will be composed by Sam CS who shot to fame with Vikram Vedha and is currently the toast of music circles in Tamil cinema. The story of the film is being said to be a heist thriller and will have an unexpected surprise in the film, which the director says, will be unveiled at the right time. Being referred to as Jiiva 28, the shooting of the film is slated to begin in February 2018 and release by end of 2018.
Jiiva has two films currently under his belt – ‘Kee’ and ‘Kalakalappu 2’ – which are in various stages of production. Kee is said to be a sci-fi thriller while Kalakalappu 2 is a comedy genre film. On the other hand, Shalini Pandey will also be seen in the biopic of yesteryear actress Savitri titled ‘Mahanati’ and will be seen playing an important role. Shalini Pandey, in her debut Tamil film, will be seen reprising Tamannaah’s role in the film. The role was initially supposed to be played by Lavanya Tripathi who opted out of the film due to issues with the makers. The makers later roped in Shalini Pandey after Lavanya walked out of the film. The makers were impressed with Shalini’s audition and immediately brought her on board for the Tamil remake.
Shalini has also been roped in for a film starring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role which will be a Tamil-Malayalam bilingual. It was earlier being said that the makers of the film had approached Shalini Pandey for the role and a narration is yet to happen regarding the film. And the latest reports confirm that the actress has been signed on for the film and more details about the film will be confirmed in coming days. It is also being reported that Nivetha Pethuraj and Megha Akash may also be roped in for this film which will be directed a debutante Ra Karthik. The yet to be titled film will be produced by Kenanya Films and the songs in the film will be composed by Dheena Dhayalan. Coincidentally, ‘Mahanati’ stars Dulquer Salmaan playing Gemini Ganesan, husband of Savitri, which is being played by Keerthy Suresh.
Shalini Pandey shot to fame with the super hit flick ‘Arjun Reddy’ which was one of the sensational hits of 2017 in Telugu cinema. Arjun Reddy is being termed one of the path breaking films in the industry and is garnering a lot of appreciation for its narration and realistic portrayal of characters. Vijay Deverakonda plays the titular character of Dr Arjun Reddy Deshmukh who has issues with drugs, drinking and anger management. Both these play a part in his debacle as well as evolvement. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy showers love on his leading lady Preeti, often referring to her as ‘My Girl’ (Naa Pilla), the other side of him is shown using cuss words involving women. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy’s character was accepted with great respect by audiences, the other side received a lot of flak from many, including a few from the industry.
Arjun Reddy managed to clock unbelievable numbers at the box office in India and overseas too. The US box office collections of Arjun Reddy show $1,681,996 which, when converted, is approximately INR 10.75 crore! And at the Indian box office, Arjun Reddy has grossed approximately INR 33.5 crores as on Monday. While many are locking their horns about the portrayal of women in Arjun Reddy, the film has managed to grab attention from different film industries and will soon be remade in many languages. It remains to be seen whether Arjun Reddy is accepted or rejected by other regional Indian audiences and Bollywood.