Salaar is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language action film written and directed by Prashanth Neel. Produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films. It stars Prabhas as the titular character alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan, and Jagapathi Babu. The film was announced in December 2020 with principal photography beginning in January 2021 near Godavarikhani, Telangana. The music is composed by Ravi Basrur while cinematography is handled by Bhuvan Gowda.
|Directed by||Prashanth Neel|
|Written by||Prashanth Neel|
|Produced by||Vijay Kiragandur|
|Music by||Ravi Basrur|
Salaar was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on 14 April 2022 but was delayed due to production delays owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is planned to release in the second quarter of 2023 in Telugu, in addition to dubbed versions in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi languages..
- Prabhas as Salaar
- Prithviraj Sukumaran
- Shruti Haasan as Aadhya
- Jagapathi Babu as Rajamanaar
- Madhu Guruswamy
- Easwari Rao as Salaar’s mother
The film along with its title was announced on 2 December 2020. Touted to be an action thriller, the film marks the first collaboration between director Prashanth Neel and Prabhas. It is the first Telugu venture of Prashanth Neel. On his role, Prabhas stated: “my character is extremely violent, so this is something I haven’t really done before.” A few reports claimed that the film is the remake of Neel’s debut film Ugramm, however, Neel clarified that Salaar is not a remake but an original story written for Prabhas.
The film was formally launched in Hyderabad on 16 January 2021. Ravi Basrur is composing the music while Bhuvan Gowda is the cinematographer.
Actress Shruti Haasan was cast in a leading role in January 2021. Kannada actor Madhu Guruswamy is set to play a pivotal role. In March, actress Easwari Rao was signed to play Salaar’s mother. Later in August, Jagapathi Babu joined the cast, whose character is revealed as Rajamanaar.
In October 2021, actor Prithviraj Sukumaran entered the talks to play a crucial role in the film. In March 2022, Prabhas confirmed that Prithviraj is part of Salaar during a promotional event of his film Radhe Shyam The film marks Prithviraj’s return to Telugu cinema after 12 years, following his appearance in Police Police (2010).
The film’s shoot began on 29 January 2021 in the coal mines near the city of Godavarikhani, Telangana. First schedule was completed by February 2021. Second schedule of the film began in August 2021 in Hyderabad.
About 30% of the shoot was completed by March 2022. Filming was halted due to the release of Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam and Neel’s K.G.F: Chapter 2, and was planned to be resumed in May. However, Prabhas underwent a knee surgery in March during his vacation in Spain, which further delayed the shoot.
Salaar reportedly employed Dark Centric Theme (DCT) technology to shoot the film, making it the first Indian film to do so. As a result the film’s lighting pattern and color palette would be darker in color.
Salaar is planned to release in 2023 in Telugu in addition to dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. The film is being distributed by KRG Studios in Kannada and UV Creations in Telugu languages. Earlier in August 2021, it was announced that the film was going to release on 14 April 2022. The film was later postponed to due to Neel and Hombale’s film, K.G.F: Chapter 2 which is scheduled to release on that date. In March 2022, producer Vijay Kiragandur in an interview with Pinkvilla stated that the film was postponed to the second quarter (April–June) of 2023 due to production delays owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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‘Salaar’ will be shot in Telugu and Kannada languages and will be dubbed into Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam languages.