Mega cousins Varun Tej and Sai Dharam Tej will be tussling it out at the box office on February 9th, 2018 with both their films – Tholiprema and Intelligent respectively – releasing on the same day. While Tholiprema is said to be a breezy romantic story, Intelligent is said to be an action thriller. Varun Tej’s Tholiprema is being directed by debutante Venky Atluri while Sai Dharam Tej’s Intelligent is directed by seasoned director VV Vinayak. Though there is always a sense of competition when two films hit the screens at the same time, Sai Dharam Tej says that there is no competition between them and he wants both the films to do well and reach turn out to be successful. Interacting with the media ahead of the release, Sai Dharam Tej said that both the films are different in genre and have their own elements to draw the audiences to the cinema halls.
Interestingly, ‘Tholiprema’ was also the title of Varun Tej’s uncle, Pawan Kalyan’s super hit film which starred Keerthi Reddy in the lead role. ‘Tholiprema’ was one of the biggest blockbusters in the career of Pawan Kalyan and was a musical hit too. Directed by A.Karunakaran, ‘Tholiprema’ was released in 1999 and is still considered to be one of the biggest films in Pawan Kalyan’s career. Varun Tej has gone through a complete makeover for ‘Tholi Prema’ and looks impressive in his bearded look in the film.
However, Sai Dharam Tej may not have this advantage to his film, but what he does have is the experience of a director VV Vinayak who is directing the film. The makers had released the first look poster of ‘Intelligent’ recently which looks quite interesting and indicates that the film will be a racy action thriller.
With both these films confirmed to be released on February 9th, 2018, it will be interesting to see which one will emerge the winner.