After it attained a blockbuster status in Kollywood, the expectations for the Telugu remake of the Vijay Sethupathi – Trisha starrer 96 are already on a high. After lots of confusions for its director, cast and crew, the project is all set to get going from next month. While Sharwanand will essay the role played by Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha will be getting into Trisha’s shoes. The remake will be bankrolled by Dil Raju under his own home banner, Sri Venkateswara Creations.
Director Prem Kumar, who helmed the original version, will be directing the remake as well. At first, there were misunderstandings between Prem and Dil Raju, on who would be the music director for the film. While Dil Raju wanted to bring in a composer who was a famous name amidst Tollywood audiences, Prem was adamant on retaining Govind Vasantha as the music was one of the biggest assets of the film. A source in the know tells us, “Dil Raju has finally given in, and the team will be proceeding with Govind Vasantha as the composer. The pre-production process is underway right now.”
While the title ‘Jaanu’ has been tentatively fixed for the film, sources say that it will be changed closer to the release. The unit is just waiting for Samantha to get done with the shoot of her film with Nandini Reddy, so that she can start work on this project. If all goes well, the Telugu remake of 96 will be ready in time for a Christmas release this year.