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'Satyam Sivam Sundaram': Siddique's Telugu
By B. Anuradha, Indo-Asian News Service
Hyderabad, July 30 (IANS) Malayalam director Siddique, who made
hit films like "Ramji Rao Speaking", "Godfather" and "Chronic
Bachelor", is making his debut in Telugu
with entertainer "Satyam Sivam Sundaram".
"We intended to make a hilarious comedy devoid of slapstick,"
says Siddique, who has roped in young Nitin and Meera Chopra to
play the lead pair.
"I declined many Telugu offers, including a remake of
'Godfather' since I wasn't confident about the language, reveals
the bearded director."
He thanks writer Chintapalli Ramana for helping him come up with
a watertight script and "innumerable" comic punch lines.
"I learnt a lot while working with the talented director," says
Ramana, returning the compliment.
Says Siddique: "I was amazed by the immense talent of Telugu
comedians who can also look menacing in villainous roles."
Nitin claims that while the plot is familiar, "the narration
will make all the difference".
Meera, who began her
innings with a dud like "Bangaram", is looking forward to her
Producer Srinivasa Raju claims to have pestered Siddique for
nearly six years before clinching the deal.
"Siddique wanted to make his debut with a unique plot and once
we found it, we commenced the shoot," says Raju, who intends to
release the film in August.
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