In the face of the growing audience for Tamil
films in Andhra Pradesh and Vikram’s already
fairly strong fan base in the state the unit has
decided to make two versions of Kanthaswamy simultaneously.
The Telugu version of Kanthaswamy has been titled
Mallanna, something we hear is one of the names
of Lord Shiva. So we are having Kanthaswamy (Lord
Muruga) in Tamil Nadu and Lord Shiva in Andhra
Pradesh. With Vikram having agreed to do the project
which will be his first straight Telugu film as
hero and Shriya having no problems with the Telugu
version with all the experience of having done
many movies in the language the Andhra audience
can look forward to a real treat in mid 2008.
What with the mileage that has been gained by
the 8 minute teaser (very long length for a teaser)
the expectations have started building up. Kanthaswamy’s
fate especially at the Telugu box office is going
to be a major yardstick to judge future Tamil
movies with good star value for feasibility as
Kanthaswamy is set to be formally launched with
a puja on the 23rd in Chennai and the very next
day in Hyderabad. So there you have it, Kanthaswamy
and Mallanna- a 2008 treat for all Vikram fans.
By the way don’t forget Bheema that will
hopefully be out some time soon.