Saaho is an upcoming Indian action film, written and directed by Sujeeth, and produced by UV Creations, T-Series, and Dharma Productions. The film stars Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Evelyn Sharma, and is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu
The filming began in June 2017. Saaho's first look poster released on 23 October 2017, on the occasion of Prabhas' birthday. A second teaser released on 23 October 2018, once again on the occasion of Prabhas' birthday. It is the third most expensive Indian films made to date.
The film was shot in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Romania and other parts of Europe. The filming for the movie began in August 2017. Actors like Jackie Shroff, Lal, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mandira Bedi were roped in along with the leads, Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. A better part of the budget was spend to shoot some action scenes for the film. Also, international stunt choreographer Kenny Bates has been zeroed in to supervise the major action scenes.
The first schedule of the film in Hyderabad was completed in October 2017. The second schedule of the film started in December 2017 at Ramoji Film Studio. According to the producers of the film, the actress Shraddha Kapoor, for which Saaho marks her Telugu debut, has shot action sequences in the film with heavy weaponry. The actor Neil Nitin Mukesh plays the prime antagonist and actors like Jackie Shroff and Chunkey Pandey will be seen in supporting roles. The third schedule began in January 2018 in Hyderabad and Mumbai which after lasting for a few days, shifted to Dubai for a month wherein some major action sequences were shot with actors Prabhas and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Meanwhile, Shraddha Kapoor switched to her next venture, Stree. After shooting half of the film in locations of Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Dubai, the cast and crew of Saaho began with the fourth schedule of the film in Abu Dhabi in February 2018 and ended within a few weeks. The fifth schedule of the film, also in Abu Dhabi, started in late-February. After, this, the sixth schedule of the film would start in mid-March in locations like Dubai and Romania.
An action sequence in the film which has to be featured in an exceptional long time in the screenplay of the film, was shot extensively near Burj Khalifa during this schedule, for which 25 crore from the budget had been allotted. Apparently, Prabhas had gone under rigorous training for the same. His preparation involved cardiovascular training, weight training and plyometric obstacle races. Prabhas, on the other side praising his co-star Shraddha Kapoor, said that she is the best choice for the film. Her character is very important and adds a lot of weight to the story of the film. She had shot some amazing action sequences for the film and holds a strong character in the film whereas Prabhas' character is a grey-shaded fictitious role. He plays the character of a cop which will keep the audience guessing until the end.
Also, Saaho would feature some underwater sequences with Prabhas and for the same, Prabhas had learnt scuba diving. Saaho marks the Bollywood debut for Prabhas and the Tollywood debut for Shraddha Kapoor. Prabhas will be dubbing his own lines in Hindi version while a professional dubbing artist will dub for Shraddha Kapoor in the Telugu version. Directed by Sujeeth, the movie will feature Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh as the antagonist. Not only Neil, but TV and Bollywood actress Mandira Bedi, who is known for her grey roles on small screen, will play an out and out negative role in the film.
The film is made on a budget of ₹300 crore, which includes the use of VFX. The teaser of the film was released earlier in April 2017 along with the release of Prabhas' previous film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning. The first look of the lead actor prabhas was revealed on 23 October 2017 coinciding with Prabhas' birthday.
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