Rana Daggubati, grandson of producers Dr D Ramanidu and son of D Suresh Babu, is all set to make his Telugu cinema debut with Leader under Sekhar Kammula’s direction.
Unfortunately, the movie’s release date has been pushed back once more. It was originally slated for August 15th, then pushed back to October 2nd and now it’s being released on December 24. Leader is being produced under the AVM Productions banner.
The film’s launch was held at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad on January 21. It was a private affair and the media was not invited. Venkatesh, Ramanaidu, Naga Chaitanya and other family members of Ramanaidu attended the launch.
Following this, shooting began on sets at Pedanandipaadu village, specifically the Padanandipaadu Arts and Science college. Scenes involving college students and politics were shot.
Rana then traveled all over AP to shoot key scenes involving large groups of people. As the title suggests, Rana plays the role of a leader and certain scenes in the movie required huge public gatherings.
This took the shooting unit to various places like Nagarjuna Sagar and Karamchedu, Rajahmundry and Vizag. The climax was recently shot at locales in Guntur and Vijayawada. The film has almost completed shooting and should be entering post-production soon.
The release date isn’t the only source of tension for the movie makers. Sekhar wanted the title Leader for the film. However, it was registered by another production company. Since they weren’t planning on using it anytime soon, Sekhar requested them to use the name for his movie.
Unfortunately, they turned him down. So Sekhar has decided to title the film AVM Vaari Leader, with the AVM Vaari part appearing in tiny font, effectively conveying the title as Leader in the viewers’ eyes.
Although everyone involved with the making of the movie has stayed mum on the subject, my sources tell me that it is a political thriller along the lines of Mani Rathnam’s Yuva. The film will also mark the debut of Richa Gangopadhyay and Priya Anand as heroines. Richa was crowned Miss India USA in the year 2007.
Rana has reportedly signed on for his next film, which is to be directed by Anand Raga (of Oy! fame). Leader will be produced by Suresh Babu on the Suresh Productions banner.