Hyderabad: A lot has been talked and written about Telugu actor Balakrishna's 100th film and everything has turned out to be just rumours. The latest we hear about this landmark film is that it will be inspired by Disney's 1994 big-budget action adventure The Lion King, which is American animated musical drama film. The actor reportedly will play the role of a king while Nayantara appears as his queen.
The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and produced by Don Hahn. The story is all about a lion kingdom. In the Pride Lands of Africa, lion king Mufasa rules over the other animals and he has son Simba with Queen Sarabi and he is touted future king. But his jealous younger brother Scar, who wants to take over the throne, plots to kill Mufasa and Simba. Mufasa is killed but Simbu escapes. What happens next will form the crux of the story.
It was reported earlier that Balakrishna's 100 movie will be a folk drama like Bhairava Dweepam. Now, reports suggest that writers Harinatha Rao and Venu are adapting the story of The Lion King into a folk lore drama revolving around human kings, queens, palaces and war. They are said to be fine-tuning the script to suit Balayya's image.
However, Balakrishna's 100 movie is said to be made with whopping budget of Rs 30 crore. Sri Rama Rajyam fame Yalamanchali Saibaba will produce the film, which will go on the floor on June 10 on Balakrishna's birthday. Another highlight of this project is that the actor is turning director with it.