Samantha Akkineni is all set to play the title role of Shaakuntala in director Gunasekhar’s Telugu mythological drama Shakuntalam, which is based on Kalidasa’s eponymous work. The announcement was made on 1st January on the occasion of new year by the director who unveiled the motion poster of the film and termed the narrative as ‘mythology for millennials’. Shaakuntalam will be a pan-Indian film that will have the music by Mani Sharma. Recently the makers roped in Malayalam actor Dev Mohan to play the role of Dushyant. The film Shaakuntalam was launched today morning at the specially erected sets in Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad with a pooja ceremony.
Samantha Akkineni and Dev Mohan attended the launch event of Shaakuntalam. The film is produced by Neelima Guna and presented by Dil Raju. Samantha will play the titular character in this big budget movie.
Gunasekhar’ previous offering was the period drama Rudhramadevi starring Baahubali fame Anushka Shetty in the lead. The film maker Gunasekhar had also announced the mythological drama Hiranyakashipu starring Rana Daggubati, but the movie has now been put on hold.
Meanwhile Samantha Akkineni is making her debut in Web world with season two of The Family Man, which will stream soon on Amazon Prime Video.