Ace filmmaker Puri Jagannadh is one of the top filmmakers in Tollywood who has delivered few terrific hits in Telugu which includes the blockbuster hit ‘Pokiri’ with superstar Mahesh. Besides Puri also has the credit of films like ‘Idiot’, ‘Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi’ and ‘Businessman’ among many other films. Puri had last directed a film titled ‘Paisa Vasool’ which starred Nandamuri Balakrishna in the lead role with Shriya Saran playing the leading lady. The film had a huge release but eventually panned out over the next few days. The maverick filmmaker is currently working on his next directorial which will have his son Puri Aakash playing the lead role and is titled ‘Mehbooba’. The shooting of the film is currently under progress and he is yet to confirm the release date of the film. And while all this is happening, Puri Jagannadh confirmed that he is all set to enter the digital space with a short film. Puri Jagannadh took to his Twitter page and announced that he will be directing a short film titled ‘HUG’ which will be released on December 31st, 2017. Puri even posted a picture, the title poster, which has now created a huge storm around the short film.
— PURI JAGAN (@purijagan) December 22, 2017
Puri Jagannadh wrote – “My 1st short film #HUG shall b released on 31st dec 2017 at 10 am .. Get ready for this 1.” The music for the short film is handled by Sandeep Chowta who has been away for a while from Tollywood. The poster posted by Puri Jagannadh also features a name, Katerina Krivenko, who seems to be playing the lead role in the short film, however it is yet to confirmed by Puri. The poster has the actress unclad and holding a tree, which has created a huge buzz in the Telugu film circles. While few have lauded Puri for choosing such poster for his first short film, many have criticized the filmmaker for that as well.
On the other hand, Puri Jagannadh is caught up with shooting for his next film which will have his son Puri Akash in the lead role. The film is titled Mehbooba and will be produced by Puri Jagannadh’s production house Puri Connects. The announcement was made on social media by Puri Jagannadh himself and posted a message about the film.
“After finishing my Mehbooba script, I realized that I am doing a highly intense and a passionate love story for the first time ever which is completely out of my repertoire of ideas. It is a soulful love story in the backdrop of 1971 Indo-Pak war. Irrespective of the blood relation I share with Akash Puri, it’s his love and fire towards cinema that’s making me do this film with him. A Manglorean girl named Neha Shetty will be playing the female lead. I am very happy that Sandeep Chowta is providing the music for this film. The film’s shoot starts in October in picturesque locales of Himachal Pradesh and will continue in Punjab & Rajasthan as well,” wrote Puri Jagannadh.
While Puri Jagannadh was working on Paisa Vasool, it was being reported that Puri Jagannadh may launch his son again as a hero in Telugu cinema and has been contemplating few ideas. Akash Puri has been assisting his father on his films lately and will be re-launched by his father as a hero.