Megastar Chiranjeevi was last seen in a full length role on screen in the 2007 Telugu film Shankar Dada Zindabad, a remake of Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Now, eight long years later, he’ll face the arc lights on the sets of his son Ram Charan’s forthcoming Telugu action flick Bruce Lee, in Hyderabad. In his cameo appearance, Chiru, as he’s fondly called by his fans, will shake a leg with his son and also trade blows in an action sequence. According to a source from the film’s unit, Chiranjeevi will complete his portion by the end of the day.
Director Sreenu Vaitla revealed the news via Twitter this morning.
Vaitla considers the opportunity to work with Chiranjeevi a great honour. Chiru will be seen essaying a 15 minute long role in the film, which co-stars Rakul Preet Singh, Kriti Kharbanda and Arun Vijay in important roles. Technically, Bruce Lee will be Chiranjeevi’s 150th film, but Vaitla feels otherwise.
This role will be a precursor to Chiranjeevi’s highly anticipated 150th film. There’s no way he’s going to stop acting with this project.
– Sreenu Vaitla, Filmmaker
Chiranjeevi had green lit a film tentatively titled Auto Johnny, as his 150th film with filmmaker Puri Jagannadh. But it has been put on the back burner for now as Chiru is not happy with the second half of the story. On Sunday, Puri Jagannadh told the press that he’s willing to rework on the story and revive the project. “I would’ve appreciated if Chiranjeevi asked me to rework the story instead of announcing to the press that he was unhappy with it,” he said. Puri is positive that he’ll get to direct the prestigious project and plans to meet Chiranjeevi as soon as he completes work on his current Telugu film Loafer with actor Varun Tej.