Naga Chaitanya and director Chandoo Mondeti will be joining forces for the third time for yet another massive film titled Thandel which will be be produced by Bunny Vasu and presented by Allu Aravind on the Geetha Arts banner. This high-budget film, which is the most expensive one for Naga Chaitanya by far, had its grand launching ceremony on December 9. From Chay’s father Nagarjuna to Victory Venkatesh, it was a star studded event as many attended the Pooja ceremony including Sai Pallavi and the rest of the team of the film.Naga Chaitanya, Sai Pallavi starrer Thandel goes on floors; actors attend ‘muhurat’ ceremony
Speaking of the event, Nagarjuna switched on the camera for the muhurtham shot, whereas Venkatesh sounded the clapboard. While speaking at the event, Allu Aravind expressed gratitude towards Nagarjuna and Venkatesh for gracing the occasion and said, “We started this journey of Thandel one and a half years ago. We are happy that we completed the pooja ceremony today. The director and hero were so patient and worked vigorously to take us to the world of Thandel. After delivering a blockbuster, directors will usually have many offers. But Chandoo honoured the commitment”.
He went on, “Both Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi got excited when they first heard the story. We wanted to release the movie in other languages as well. Devi Sri Prasad who attained Pan India success is also a part of the movie. Shamdat is on board to take care of the camera. I feel lucky to have them all on board.”
Chandoo Mondeti too shared his happiness, “It’s a one-and-a-half year of hard work. Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi have been motivating me and I think they are ready to give their best and I promise that I will give my best too.” Sai Pallavi added, “I am very happy to see you all after one year. There’s so much positivity here. The director, writer, and producers all have a vision for this film. It has to come and reach you the right way. We all are hoping for the same.”
#Thandel begins on an auspicious note with the Muhurtham Ceremony ⚓
— Geetha Arts (@GeethaArts) December 9, 2023
Naga Chaitanya continued, “I’m happy, the pooja was performed today. As Aravind Garu said, we have been travelling with the script for one and a half years. I enjoyed every step of the pre-production process. The work happened collaboratively, starting from interacting with the locals in Srikakulam. We have even worked on Srikakulam dialect and slangs. I haven’t had this much of an elaborate planning for any of my previous movies. I enjoyed this process.” He further recalled, “I still remember, Aravind garu came to my house 3-4 months back and suggested that this movie should be made properly. ‘This script has a lot of potential,’ he told me. ‘100%’ Love from this banner is one of the most memorable successes in my career. More than a director, Chandoo is a good friend. This is our third movie together. I’m looking forward to this journey. Sai Pallavi is such an encouraging actor. She is such a positive energy. We have a good team. I’m happy to associate with Devi Sri Prasad after a long time. We are planning to start the shooting after December 15.”
For the unversed, Thandel is based on real incidents and the shoot will mostly take place in original locations. This marks the second movie of Sai Pallavi with Chay after Love Story. The film will feature Naga Chaitanya in the role of a fisherman and we hear that the actor has done intense prep for the last few months to gain a muscular look.
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