Kannada actor Upendra’s movies such as Om, A, Raa helped the actor earn a cult status among Telugu audiences back in the late ‘90s. Known for his long funky hairstyle and portrayal of unusual characters in his unusual style on-screen, Upendra has equally earned an immense craze among youth.
After dabbling with film production and filmmaking in several B movies in Kannada and Tamil languages, Upendra, popularly known as Uppi, had again made his appearance in Allu Arjun-starrer S/O Sathyamurthy and he impressed everyone as a baddie. “Ever since I started my career, Telugu audiences have given a special place for me in their hearts.
I am honoured that my series of movies in the ‘90s were welcomed by Telugu people. It was unfortunate that I could not do a straight film in Telugu since then. I got to connect with Telugu fans again recently with S/O Satyamurthy. Now, I am coming with a straight Telugu flick, an underworld gangster- retro movie titled Kabza,” he shares.
“It’s a periodic drama that takes audiences back to the days of 1947 to ‘80. I am ready to capture the attention of Telugu people with Kabza,” he said. The movie Kabza was formally launched in the city with a puja ceremony on Saturday. Upendra’s last outings were Brahma and I Love You which were box office hits in Kannada language.
“I am happy to do a straight film after a long gap in Telugu. The love that is being shown by fans is driving me to do more films and entertain people,” he added. Director Chandru said he is blessed to be associated with Upendra after movie likes Brahma and I Love You. “It is the story of underworld don.
The movie is being planned with a massive budget aimed at reaching pan- India audience. An action entertainer, Kabza will strike a chord with Telugu people,” he added. Producer Lagadapati Sridhar said. “Upendra’s first directorial Om is my all-time favourite. I am happy to present the movie Kabza which is being directed by Chandru.” Producer Raj Prabhakar said he had been waiting to work on such film like Kabza with Upendra.