Kelly Dorji, who has made his mark in Bollywood and Tollywood, will make his Kannada debut this week. The Bhutanese actor will be seen in Puneeth's next, a remake of the Telugu film Dookudu. Confirming the development, director of the film, K Madesh, said, "We needed someone to play the role of an international don. Dorji fits the bill perfectly. This is the role which Sonu Sood portrayed in the original, which had Mahesh Babu in the lead. We have to better everything and Dorji was picked. He is expected to land in Bangalore on January 20 and has a long schedule here."
The Thimphu-based Dorji made his Bollywood debut in 2005. Since his Tollywood debut in 2007, he has acted in nearly a dozen Telugu films. His lone Tamil film was Aasal. Having also acted in an American production and a sole Dzongkha (Bhutanese) film, Sandalwood will be his sixth industry.
The Puneeth film has many heavyweights and has an ensemble cast. Shivaji Prabhu is playing Puneeth's father. Trisha is making her Kannada debut as the leading lady. Biggies from Sandalwood include Rangayana Raghu, Sadhu Kokila, Jai Jagadish and Sharath Lohitashva. "It is a huge cast and all are big names. It is a big challenge for me as a director. The film has loads of action and considering Puneeth's image, we are trying out different things," said Madesh.
FILM TITLED RAJKUMAR?
Madesh has earlier directed Puneeth in Raam, a remake of Run and Hudugaru, a remake of Tamil film Naadodigal. The Dookudu remake is likely to be named Rajkumar. Nearly 25 days of shooting have been completed and the film team plans to wrap up the shoot by March. As of now, the plan is to release the film on April 24, the birthday of Rajkumar.
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