‘Arjun Reddy’ lead actor and the current toast of Telugu cinema Vijay Deverakonda will soon make his debut in Tamil cinema with a film to be bankrolled by top producer K.E.Gnanavelraja under the banner Studio Green. The film will be directed by director Anand Shankar who last made Chiyaan Vikram’s ‘Iru Mugan’. Confirming the development, the production house Studio Green took to Twitter an and posted a message which read – “We are elated in collaborating with the south sensation @TheDeverakonda and @anandshank for our upcoming flick.” With top producer Gnanavelraja bankrolling the project, this will be a huge debut for Vijay Deverakonda and will be one of the most watched out for flick in South Indian cinema in 2018. The makers are yet to confirm the title, cast and rest of the details about the film, which now has become the focal point of South Indian film circles and is the most anticipated for film.
— Studiogreen (@StudioGreen2) December 23, 2017
Vijay Deverakonda is currently shooting for his upcoming film which is being directed by Parasuram and bankrolled by Geetha Arts. The yet to be titled has Kannada sensation Rashmika Mandanna playing the leading actress. Vijay Deverakonda shot to fame with the 2016 release ‘Pellichoopulu’ which was a slice of life story and also starred Ritu Varma in the other lead role. Vijay’s career took a huge kick after the release of ‘Arjun Reddy’ this year which was one of the biggest hits in Telugu cinema. A dark romantic saga, ‘Arjun Reddy’ is the story of a young doctor who breaks up with his girl friend and ends up going through the dark phase of break-up. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, ‘Arjun Reddy’ starred Shalini Pandey who made her debut with the film. Vijay Deverakonda was hugely appreciated for his bold portrayal in the film and for his realistic performance in the film.
Vijay Deverakonda played 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.
Vijay Deverakonda, in many of his interviews, tried to defend the usage of cuss words in Arjun Reddy, but most of his attempts seem to have fallen on deaf ears, and the actor seems to have given up explaining about it. While many women activist groups protested against the usage of swear words in Arjun Reddy and wanted the film banned, a different political group wanted the release of Arjun Reddy to be stopped because the film showed doctors in an incorrect manner.A political leader in Hyderabad kicked off the protest against Arjun Reddy, tearing the posters of the film which had the lead actors Vijay and Shalini. Arjun Reddy and Vijay Deverakonda received support from controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma who, in his unorthodox way, gave the detractors of the film a message.