Varun Tej-starrer Valmiki is just two days away from release and expectations on the film are towering high. Directed by Harish Shankar, Valmiki is the remake of 2013 Tamil release Jigarthanda which was a huge hit back then. Starring Siddharth and Bobby Simha, Jigarthanda is directed by Karthik Saubbaraj. The remake, Valmiki, has Varun Tej reprising Simha's role while Siddharth's role is played by Atharvaa. Speaking about why he chose a remake as his next, Harish Shankar says that he had different plans before Valmiki started. "Actually, I's wanted to do a film Daagudu Moothalu, but I couldn't find actors for that subject. But around then, I happened to watch the first look of director Karthik Subbaraj's film Petta, which got me to go back to watching his earlier film Jigarthanda. That's when I decided to do the remake," Harish Shankar was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Speaking about why approached Varun Tej for the role played by Bobby Simha, Harish says,"When I watched the film the last time, I fell in love with Bobby Simha's character in Tamil. I approached Varun Tej about it and he agreed to do. I made changes to the film to suit the Telugu nativity, otherwise everything is the same." Speaking about doing a remake yet again after Gabbar Singh, which is a remake of Dabangg, the director says,"I did Dabbang in Telugu as Gabbar Singh and changed the character to suit Pawan Kalyan's body language. That being said, a remake is a lot of pressure because the original film is usually already a hit, and we have to meet those expectations."
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Valmiki also stars Pooja Hegde as the leading lady while Dubsmash fame Mrinalini Ravi will be seen playing the other lead role. Produced by Ram Achanta, Valmiki is slated to be released on September 20 worldwide and will have premiere shows in the US a day before.
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