Chandrasekhar Yeleti is one of the rare Telugu film directors, who have enjoyed both commercial success and critical acclaim for their films. Four years after the release of his movie Prayanam (2009), the ace director is coming back with his next directorial venture Sahasam, which stars Gopichand and Taapsee Pannu in leads.
Like his film Aithe, Sahasam is also inspired by a cover story published in an English magazine. The story is about how people moved from Pakistan to India during partition and how they had to fight court cases for their properties. The film is set in two time periods. The story is about an ATM guard, who wants to become rich and the movie throws light on partition in flashback.
It took just 45 minutes to set a concept and the story for the movie Sahasam, but to expand it to two hours fifteen minutes was the biggest challenge for him. Finally, Chandrasekhar was successful in preparing a script for the film with his team of writers like Prashanth, Sumalatha, Radhakrishna, Radhika and Sandeep Gunnam.
Sahasam is an action adventure, which also throws light on the treasure hunt. The director says that many films in Telugu have dealt with treasure hunt. But his film stands out different from them. It is the personal story of the hero, who goes after his own treasures. Chandrasekhar is very well aware of Gopichand's target audience. Keeping all aspects in mind, he has moulded the character of the hero.
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Gopichand And Taapsee's Chemistry
The on-screen chemistry between Gopichand and Taapsee has worked out wonders in the movie Mogudu. Taking a cue from it, the director has once again roped the duo for the film. Their chemistry is going to be one of the main highlights in the film Sahasam.
Shakti Kapoor Debut As Villain
The antagonist in Sahasam looks like someone from North India. So the director was initially considering the names of Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor and singer Lucky Ali for the role. Since he could not reach Lucky Ali, he finalised Shakti Kapoor for the role after a look test.
Computer Graphics In Sahasam
The movie has a large amount computer graphics and almost 50% of the film has been done by technicians, who have worked hard for the film. Especially, the climax of the movie has lot of graphics.
Selva has choreographed the action scenes for the movie Sahasam and these sequences will be main highlight in the film. Gopichand, who has done lot of hard work for the film, has suffered several injuries during the shooting. Selva has composed a jeep toppling shot and the makers were tensed by risky stunts. But the stunt master convinced them and did the scene, which will be a main attraction in stunts.
Sahasam Shooting In Ladakh
The film unit has recreated the Peshawar-Afghanistan border in Ladakh, where they have shot some action sequences. It was really strenuous task for the stuntmen and horses to film these scenes in low oxygen levels.
Gopichand is playing role of ATM Security Guard in this film, while Taapsee appears as his love interest in it. They are teaming up for the second time for this film after Mogudu.
Most of the film happens in Ladakh. So the major portion of it has been shot in Ladakk. The final schedule of the movie was held in Hyderabad. Shyam Dutt has handled the cinematography for it.
Sahasam Release Date
The film Sahasam has been awarded U/A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification. It was supposed to release on July 5, 2013, got postponed to July 12. It should be seen how the viewers will receive it.
Sahasam Cast & Crew
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Director: Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Cast: Gopichand, Taapsee Pannu, Shakti Kapoor and others
Cinematography: Shyam Dutt
Release date: July 12, 2013