It’s Confirmed. Tamannaah Bhatia To Play South “Queen”
Much-admired actress who has acted in over 50 films in 3 different languages, Tamannaah Bhatia took the film industry by storm with her award winning performance in the Baahubali series.
It is a known fact that the multi-faceted performer has been focusing on women centric films like Kalloori , Ananda Thandavan, Kanden Kadhalai, 100% Love, Devi over the past one decade and now we have learnt that Tamannaah has bagged the lead role in the highly anticipated Telugu version of Queen which is produced by Manu Kumaran under the banner of Mediente Films. National award winning director and a South favourite, G. Neelakanta Reddy will be directing the Telugu remake and the film will go on floors on the 25th of October 2017. The entire film will be shot in an international locale and will release mid of next year.
We also learnt that she was initially approached to play the lead protagonist in both the Tamil and Telugu versions of the critically acclaimed Bollywood film Queen that starred Kangana Ranaut but signed only the Telugu version citing creative preferences.
Upon probing further, a source close to the production house states, “Tamannaah was initially approached for both the versions and wasn’t comfortable contributing to two films simultaneously since it involved two different languages and two different directors, hence she opted for the Telugu version. Moreover the Tamil version makers were in discussion with her for over 4 months when they decided to launch the film but there were no concrete decisions taken and hence she gave the first preference to the Telugu version.”
When we contacted Tamannaah Bhatia to confirm the news she said, “Queen is an interesting film and I have always been motivated by roles that help alleviate women empowerment in some form. I am very excited to be helming the Telugu version and can’t wait to start shooting next month. This is the first time I’m working with Neelakanta Reddy and I’m sure together we will create magic on the 70 mm screen.”
The South remakes of Vikas Bahl’s Queen will be made in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam apart from Telugu
Tamannaah who started off at the age of 15 in the film industry, has worked with a list of notable actors including Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ajay Devgan, Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Dhanush, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, amongst others. In the past she has acted in the South remakes of Bollywood films like Jab We Met, Kick and Rowdy Rathore.
She is the first actress from India who was nominated at Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She also received Dayawati Modi Award which is considered as the highest award in the field of art, culture and education in India. She also received a Honorary Doctorate from CIAC, in association with KEISIE International University, South Korea for her contributions to Indian cinema.