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Mahesh Babu’s Bharath Ane Nenu To Be Dubbed Into Hindi , Director Confirms

Bharat Ane Nenu

When Shekhar Kapoor opined after chairing the National Film Awards jury that there was no such thing as regional cinema any longer, he hadn’t seen the new Mahesh Babu starrer Bharath Ane Nenu,a wish-fulfillment parable on a new political awakening which has already earned more than 70crores  over the first weekend.

And growing stronger by the idea.

The elated  director Koratala Siva is over the moon. “We always knew our film will strike  a chord among the masses. Indian politics has hit an all-time low in many places. There is widespread disillusionment with the people we elect to represent us in parliament. Why is there no accountability in governance? This is what bothered me when I  got down to writing Bharath Ane  Nenu,” says Siva whose  four Telugu films so far(Mirchi in 2013,Srimanthudu in 2015, Janatha  Garage  in 2016 and now  Bharath Ane  Nenu) reveal a very high level of spcial commitment.

“Promise,” says  Siva , “was  the key to the  plot in Bharath Ane Nenu.When politicians are elected into public offices, they take an oath to serve the people…we  the  people for the  people by the  people…but the promise  is soon broken.Why???  Here was  my protagonist who thinks promises  are sacred. This gentleman’s word ,whether given in his childhood to his mother or to Mother India in his  maturity , is  never to be broken. The promise was the key to my film.”
Mahesh Babu was  the  first and only choice  to play the enlightened sophisticated Chief Minister.

Says Siva, “I wanted an actor who can  play a politician who is heard without shouting, whom everybody listens  to when he  talks although he   never raises his voice.Someone who  could  be assertive without getting unnecessarily aggressive. No one  fitted the bill except Mahesh Babu. He  is softspoken and yet  persuasive. He is  exactly  like the  Chief Minister he  plays in  my film. I can’t imagine making this  film without Mahesh Babu asBharath.”

And now , so powerful is the impact of Mahesh Babu’s  politician’s  act that  the director Koratala Siva  is  now seriously toying with  the idea  of  a sequel. “I have never  liked pr entertained the idea of doing sequels  or remakes. There are  so many fresh stories to be told. But the story of the Chief Minister Bharath is too relevant and too pervasive to be  forsaken. The country  needs a  political change. Bharath represents that change.”

 Immediate plans for Bharat Ane Nenu are somewhat radical.

Reveals the director Koratala Siva, “Seeing the impact of the film’s political message we are now planning to  dub the  film into  other Indian languages including Hindi.We should’ve done this from  the start. We should’ve known that  the craving  to see  a new political awakening is pan-India.We are taking  the  film to other parts  of  India  apart from Andhra.We feel the  political message  of the  country is relevant to  every Indian.”

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