The shoot of Bala’s Varma, the Tamil remake of Arjun Reddy, has been going at brisk pace. Announced last November, reliable sources say that the shoot began in Kathmandu, Nepal last week. The team has successfully wrapped up the first schedule after shooting some important scenes and recently returned to Chennai. The film marks the debut of Vikram’s son Dhruv, who will reprise Vijay Deverakonda’s role of an alcoholic medical surgeon. The makers are yet to zero in on the female lead.
According to latest reports however, actor Gautami’s daughter Subbalakshmi is said to have bagged the opportunity. While that is yet to confirmed, some reports also suggest that Bala has decided to go with Shalini Pandey as she’s already played the role in Arjun Reddy, and was appreciated for it. An official announcement regarding the final cast can be expected very soon.
Filmmaker Raju Murugan, known for helming films such as Cuckoo and Joker, has been signed to pen the dialogues. The project is being bankrolled by E4 Entertainment, producers of popular Malayalam films such as Ezra and Godha. Vikram had hinted in the past that his son will eventually follow in his footsteps. However, he wasn’t sure whether he’d be interested in acting or direction.
Last year, Dhruv directed a short film called Goodnight Charlie, that was about child abuse within a family. When the film came out, many assumed that he wanted to be director and would enter the industry as one. It’s surprising then that he has decided to don the greasepaint. It won’t be an easy debut considering the high expectations people will have from the remake, thanks to the popularity of Arjun Reddy’s character which was a contemporary take on Devdas, and explored love and suffering.