Oopiri ready to release
Oopiri (English: Breath) in Telugu, titled Thozha (English: Mate) in Tamil, is an upcoming Indian Telugu-Tamil comedy-drama film directed by Vamsi Paidipally. It is the official remake of the French film The Intouchables (2011). Produced by Prasad V Potluri in both Telugu and Tamil languages, the film features Nagarjuna Akkineni and Karthi playing the male leads, while Tamannaah plays the female lead. Slight differences exist in the supporting cast between both versions. Gopi Sunder composes the film’s music. Production began on 11 February 2015 in Hyderabad and principal photography began on 16 March 2015 at Chennai. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 25 March 2016.
After the release of Yevadu (2014), Vamsi Paidipally approached Akkineni Nagarjuna and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. for a multistarrer film. Prasad V Potluri announced in early April 2014 that he would be producing it under the banner PVP Cinema. Pre-production began in late March 2014 and the film was expected to go on floors in July 2014. During the promotion of Manam (2014), Nagarjuna said that the final script is getting ready. The final narration was given to both Nagarjuna and Rama Rao Jr. in the end of June 2014.
Nagarjuna said in an interview said that this film will have an interesting theme and will be on the lines of Missamma (1955), adding that the film’s production would begin in December after he completes his pending commitments. Rama Rao Jr. walked out of the project due to unknown reasons and it was rumoured that he walked out just to not hurt Nandamuri Balakrishna who had differences with Nagarjuna in the past. With Karthi subsequently replacing Rama Rao Jr., the film turned into a bilingual filmed simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil, marking the first time in recent few years where two prominent actors from Telugu and Tamil cinema shared screen space for a multistarrer.
In late January 2015, the film was confirmed to be an official remake of The Intouchables (2011) which dealt with the relationship of a quadriplegic patient and his caretaker. Paidipally made a lot of changes in the script to make it more relevant to south Indian audience by adding elements that would appeal to them. Gopi Sunder was signed in on as the film’s music director marking his first collaboration with Paidipally. The film had its official launch twice, first on 11 February 2015 at Hyderabad and on 15 March 2015 at Chennai. P. S. Vinod was confirmed as the film’s cinematographer. Abburi Ravi penned the dialogues for the Telugu version. The film was titled Oopiri in Telugu and Thozha in Tamil; the same was announced on 18 September 2015.
Rajeev Kamineni said that a substantial portion of the film will be shot abroad. Principal photography commenced at Chennai on 16 March 2015 and scenes focusing Karthi and Jayasudha were shot in the first schedule at a house set erected for the film’s shoot. By the time Haasan was restricted by the court after walking out of the film, the first schedule of the principal photography was completed. Nagarjuna joined the film’s shoot at Annapurna Studios on 8 April 2015. Scenes focusing Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannaah and others were shot from 10 April 2015 in the second schedule which lasted for 20 days. Nagarjuna completed filming for his part in this schedule on 25 April 2015.
Paidipally planned a 25-day schedule in Paris and Lyon commencing from June 2015 and left for location scouting in mid May 2015. A 30-day schedule was announced on 1 July 2015 commencing from that weekend at Belgrade, making this the first south Indian film to be shot there. On its completion, the film’s shoot was said to continue at Paris, Lyon and Ljubljana. The production team said that few action sequences including a car chase as well as song sequences would be shot in the schedule apart from a few crucial scenes in the narrative. Karthi was expected to join the film’s sets on 10 July 2015 to shoot simultaneously for the Tamil film Kashmora. On 1 August 2015, Nagarjuna tweeted that he, Karthi and Tamannaah are filming for their portions at France for the past 15 days and 10 days of shooting is remaining. The final schedule was announced to commence from January 2016. The entire filming was wrapped up by mid February 2016.
On January 19, 2016 makers announced the worldwide release date as 25 March 2016. A poster was also released to confirm the same. On February 20 2016 a teaser was released in Telugu and Tamil.
Shriya Saran (cameo appearance)
Anushka Shetty (cameo appearance)
Adivi Sesh (cameo appearance)
Gabriella Demetriades (cameo appearance)
Nora Fatehi (Special appearance in the song “Door Number”)