Not cashing in on Mahesh Babu’s popularity: ‘Superstar Kidnap’ director

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Chennai, June 30 (IANS) Debutant director Sushanth Reddy says forthcoming Telugu release “Superstar Kidnap”, a crime-comedy about kidnapping Mahesh Babu, is a conceptual film not intended to cash in the popularity of the star actor.

“When you watch films like ‘Being John Malkovich’, you realise that these are stories about real people that are fictionalised. Our film falls in such a category. When you watch the film, you will understand what we’ve tried to attempt,” Reddy told IANS.

“It’s about three youngsters who have come to a certain situation where they decide to kidnap Mahesh Babu. It’s about the circumstances that evolve out of the kidnapping and how the characters come out of it,” he said.

What makes “Superstar Kidnap” unique is the fact that something like that hasn’t been done before.

“If our experiment clicks, who knows, it may introduce audiences to a new genre. I’ve not made this film to cash in on Mahesh Babu’s popularity, as I’m one of his biggest fans and I’d never do such a thing,” he added.

According to Reddy, his film is a comedy entertainer that’s equally different.

Asked if Mahesh himself has played a cameo or not, he said: “Whether he is kidnapped or not, you will have to wait and watch. Only when you watch the film, will you understand how we’ve brought the Mahesh Babu connect in the story.”

Apart from being the director, Reddy has also co-produced the movie along with his friend Chandu Penmatsha under their banner, Lucky Creations.

“It was extremely challenging to direct as well as take care of the production. But I got to learn a lot from the experience which I think will come very handy in the future,” he said.

The film, which releases on Friday, features Aadarsh Balakrishna, Nandoo and Bhupal play the lead characters while Poonam Kaur, Tejaswini Madivada and Vennela Kishore play significant roles.

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