SS Rajamouli, the director of the magnum opus series Baahubali, that earned international fame, reveals his favorite movie of 2017 to be Arjun Reddy
When most film buffs would easily say that Baahubali: The Conclusion, which released in April, is their most favourite film of the year, the film’s own director has shocked everyone by preferring another movie over his own.Upon questioning which of the films featuring this year was his favourite, SS Rajamouli stuns everyone by saying that it was Arjun Reddy.
He had pointed out that the film’s lead star Vijay Devarakonda’s performance was top-notch and everyone who had acted in it was natural. His exact tweet was, “Just saw Arjun Reddy. Though love stories are not my cup of tea, can’t but appreciate the film. Top notch performance by Vijay Deverakonda. He just lived it. Not just him, Shalini, the friends, everyone were so good and natural. Very good background score and fine photography.”
Arjun Reddy, an intense love drama, starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in the lead roles. The star cast also includes Rahul Ramakrishna, Jia Sharma, Sanjay Swaroop, Reddy Deshmukh, Kamal Kamaraju, Kanchana, Gopinath Bhat, Amit Sharma and Priyadarshi Pullikonda.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga was the brain behind the marvel both with his scripts and direction. Pranay Reddy Vanga bankrolled Arjun Reddy under the banner of Bhadrakali Pictures. Made on a budget of Rs. 4 crores, Arjun Reddy went on to collect over Rs. 50 crores, making it a commercial success as well.
The film’s run time was 182 minutes. The director’s cut added upto240 minutes. There is also a buzz that Vijay Devarakonda is the top contender for the National Film Award for best acting.
The reenactment of Arjun Reddy is filming in Tamil under the title Varma. It will mark the debut of Vikram’s son Dhruv as the hero and directed by ace director Bala.