Nagarjuna Akkineni and Karthi acted together in Oopiri movie back in 2016 and both have become brothers, ever since. They bonded over doing some heart-touching scenes and Karthi never misses any occasion to remember how warm Nagarjuna has been to him during the shoot and he always states that he and his mother, are fans of the “Manmadhudu of Telugu Cinema”. Nagarjuna attended the Pre-release press event of Sardar in Hyderabad and in his speech “almost equated” Karthi with Pawan Kalyan.
Nagarjuna stated that it is never easy to grow an image as an actor and star when you have a big brother, who is already a massive star. He said he only saw Pawan Kalyan, Puneeth Rajkumar do it and Karthi also managed to do so, even though Suriya is such a huge star. Nagarjuna remembered the bond he shares with Karthi ever since Oopiri and said that he is happy that Annapurna Studios is presenting Sardar in Telugu. Later, he received the first ticket of Sardar Telugu version.
Karthi while talking praised Nagarjuna as his elder brother and stated that he took loads of inspiration from Nag. He stated that Nagarjuna has always been fearless and experimented which inspires him in his career and choices of scripts. He shared some meme punchlines from his earlier films on stage for which, audience at the event responded with huge cheers. He stated that Sardar is a special film for him and he wants to deliver a hit for Diwali.
Laila also attended the event and shared that she has been a fan of Nagarjuna ever since, she saw Geetanjali and remembered that Shivaputhrudu became a successful Diwali release for her in Telugu and Tamil. She hoped same fate will repeat for Sardar, as well. Sardar, a spy thriller, stars Karthi (dual role), Raashii Khanna, Rajisha Vijayan, Laila in lead roles and PS Mithran directed it. Movie is releasing on 21st October. Raashii Khanna did not attend the event at Hyderabad.
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