On June 13, 2019, Saaho makers dropped its teaser online and as expected fans went crazy over Prabhas’ killer look. The upcoming action thriller received a positive response on social media and amid all the hullabaloo, director Sujeeth has made some shocking revelations about Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Saaho.
We all know that Prabhas became a nationwide household name with Baahubali series. But there is something more interesting in it, that Prabhas gave his nod to join the Saaho cast as soon as he read the script and that date fell earlier much before Baahubaali even came into existence. Saaho director, Sujeeth says,
“I had the script of ‘Saaho’, which was ready before ‘Baahubali’. I narrated him the story and he loved it.”
Shraddha will make her Telugu cinema debut with Saaho and also has a solid role allocated for her in the script. He says,
“It is an important role for the female character. Shraddha drives the film to the end. It was a conscious decision to make my female characters strong.”
What prompted Sujeeth to choose Shraddha Kapoor over Prabhas for teaser. Sujeeth answers,
“When we started working on the teaser, we had two options here – to go with Prabhas, considered as a huge star and you expect him to be there in the opening scene. And the other was to begin it with Shraddha and we chose the latter.”
On any kind of pressure while working with Prabhas. Sujeeth says,
“I did not feel the pressure to direct a big star like Prabhas. He has faith in me and my work and that matters the most to me. Also, the producers and the team members showed confidence in me. But now that the film is gearing for release in a few months, I can feel the pressure.”
On Saaho having a lot of Bollywood stars in its cast. He says,
“It was never intentional to cast a Bollywood actor for the film. Whoever I think is apt for the story I cast them, actors like Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Chunky Pandey and Shraddha Kapoor were the best choice for the film.”
Sujeeth said that he began working on this project soon after the release of his directorial debut Run Raja Run back in 2014.
“I took one or two months to finish the script. But a lot of time was required to get the action right. I met the action guys in 2015 with all the sequences that I had planned, he gave some suggestions and then I altered things at the script level.”
He further added,
“We have worked with international stunt choreographer Kenny Bates who has done ‘Transformers’. He is the best guy in action. Another action guy is Peng Zhang, who is a stunt coordinator and had also directed a Chinese film ‘Asura’. They are a part of ‘Saaho’.”
It seems that Sujeeth is all set to make history by mapping Bollywood and Indian Regional Cinema together, as seen from the cast of Saaho.