The trailer for the upcoming Telugu movie Naappa was released on Wednesday. Starring Venkatesh in the titular role, the film is the official remake of the Tamil hit Asuran. Judging by the trailer, director Srikanth Addala has stayed true to the original, which was written and directed by Vetri Maaran. So much so that Srikanth didn’t even make another trailer for Naappa. The trailer follows the same scene pattern, emotional rage and score that Vetri had used in the Asuran trailer.
Naappa’s original inspiration was Tamil novel Vekkai. The film explores the ubiquitous caste system and the evils of men who take their caste pride too seriously. “Narappa is a story that holds a special place in our hearts. The story is layered and thought provoking. From Venkatesh to Priyamani, every cast and crew member has put an incredible amount of love and dedication into bringing this story to life. We wanted every viewer to leave with more than just a story and that’s exactly what this gripping drama has to offer,” said producer Suresh Babu, who co-financed the film with Asuran producer Kalaippuli S. Thanu.
“I am very honored to be a part of this phenomenal film in my own way. The core message of the film is very powerful and unnerving to the harsh realities of life. It does not shy away from the truths. I’m sure it will have an impact in ways no one would expect,” Thanu added.
While Venkatesh takes on the National Award-winning role of Dhanush, Priyamani has stepped into the shoes of Manju Warrier in the Telugu remake. The film also stars Rao Ramesh, Nassar, Karthik Rathnam, Ammu Abhirami, Rajeev Kanakala among others.
Naappa was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on May 14 this year. However, the second wave of the coronavirus turned the release plans upside down. The filmmakers later decided to release the film directly on the streaming platform, as the pandemic seems far from over.
The filmmakers faced strong resistance from theater owners in Telangana to opt for OTT. The members of the Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce even warned producers who chose streaming platforms against hostile reception. However, that didn’t stop the makers of Naappa from going ahead with digital release.
Naappa will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 20.