Shaakuntalam" is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language epic romantic drama film directed by Gunasekhar, known for his previous works like "Rudhramadevi" and "Okkadu." The film is based on the famous Sanskrit play "Abhijnanasakuntalam" by the ancient Indian poet and dramatist, Kalidasa. The movie is set to release in 2021, and the audience is eagerly waiting to witness this epic tale of love and destiny on the big screen.
The film stars Allu Arjun in the lead role, playing the character of King Dushyanta, and newcomer Pooja Hegde as the female lead, portraying the character of Shakuntala. The movie also features an ensemble cast that includes legendary actors like Jayaram, Saurabh Raj Jain, and Murli Sharma. The music for the film is composed by M. M. Keeravani, and the cinematography is handled by Gnana Shekar V.S.
The story of "Shaakuntalam" follows the tale of a young woman named Shakuntala, who was born to the sage Vishwamitra and the nymph Menaka. She is raised in the forest by her mother, and she grows up to be a beautiful and intelligent young woman. One day, while she is gathering flowers in the forest, she meets the king Dushyanta, who has come there to hunt. The two fall in love at first sight, and Dushyanta asks her to marry him. Shakuntala, who is hesitant at first, eventually agrees to marry him.
The couple spends some time together in the forest, but then Dushyanta is called back to his kingdom. He promises to send for Shakuntala once he is back, but before he leaves, he gives her a ring as a symbol of their love. However, when Shakuntala arrives at the palace, the king does not remember her, as he has been under a spell cast by a sage named Durvasa. The sage had cursed Dushyanta, making him forget all about Shakuntala.
Heartbroken and alone, Shakuntala returns to the forest, where she gives birth to a son. The child is named Bharata, and he grows up to become a great king himself. In the meantime, Shakuntala continues to pine for Dushyanta, and one day, he comes to the forest in search of her. But even then, he does not recognize her until he sees the ring he had given her. The two are reunited, and Dushyanta accepts Shakuntala as his wife once again.
The film is a grand spectacle that captures the essence of ancient Indian culture and mythology. The director, Gunasekhar, has a reputation for creating epic films that are visually stunning and rich in content. With "Shaakuntalam," he has taken on one of the greatest love stories of all time and brought it to life on the big screen.
The trailer of the film promises a stunning visual treat, with lavish sets, costumes, and grandeur. The music by M. M. Keeravani, known for his work in "Baahubali" and other blockbuster films, is bound to add to the film's appeal. The chemistry between Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde, who have worked together before in "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo," is expected to be one of the highlights of the film.
The film also boasts a talented ensemble cast, with veteran actors like Jayaram, Saurabh Raj Jain, and Murli Sharma adding to the film's star power. Jayaram is expected to play the role of the sage Vishwamitra