Ramayya Vasthavayya is an upcoming Telugu film written and directed by Harish Shankar. The film is produced by Dil Raju under their Sri Venkateswara Creations banner, and will star Jr. NTR, Samantha and Shruti Haasan in lead roles. This is the second time Jr. NTR is acting with Samantha after Brindavanam (film). The soundtrack will be composed by Thaman, who will be working with Harish Shankar for the second time in his career. The film will have it’s cinematography handled by Chota K. Naidu. The film was officially launched on October 18, 2012 at Dil Raju’s office in Hyderabad.Filming began on January 3, 2013 and the film is tentatively scheduled to be released worldwide on September 27, 2013.
Rumors of Harish Shankar directing Jr. NTR were afloat before Gabbar singh released and became a huge success but the project was delayed because Jr. NTR was busy with other commitments. In May 2012, it was reported that Jr. NTR is making a movie with his close friend Kodali Nani under Harish Shankar direction. Due to the political differences between Jr. NTR and Nani the movie is now poduced by Dil Raju under their Sri Venkateswara Creations banner The movie was officially announced by Harish Shankar in an interview after the big success of Gabbar Singh in July 2012 and revealed that the project would start after Jr. NTR completes the shooting for Baadshah. After the official announcement Harish Shankar revealed that Jr. NTR actually is a close friend and Jr. NTR accepted his story many years ago but the movie was delayed because of various reasons. There were a lot of rumors about the movie’s title. It was first announced by the director Harish Shankar that the movie is titled MLA Manchi Lakshanalu unna Abbai but then because of creative differences the team removed the title MLA Manchi Lakshanalu unna Abbai. Then it was rumored that the movie is titled Jana Gana Mana because Dil Raju under his banner reserved the title but it was later conformed by Dil Raju that the movie doesn’t have a title yet and Jana Gana Mana was reserved for another movie under Sri Venkateswara Creations. On October 18, 2012 the film`s muhurtham and pooja ceremony were held in Dil raju’s office in Hyderabad. It was announced that S.Thaman would score the soundtrack and Chota K. Naidu will handle the camera.
In October 2012, it was reported that Tamannaah was under consideration for the role opposite Jr. NTR. It was declared as just a rumor and Harish Shankar on November 19, 2012 revealed via Twitter that they selected Samantha to play the main lead in the film. Harish Shankar revealed that Jr. NTR will play the role of a college student in this film. NTR will be acting as a back bench student and the movie will be an out and out commercial entertainer. The director revealed there will be two female leads in the movie. There were rumors that Regina Cassandra who played lead roles in Shiva Manasulo Shruti and Routine Love Story will be the second leading lady in this big project. In January 2013 Harish Shankar told in an interview that Shruthi Hassan is the second leading lady in this project and Shruthi Hassan confirmed it on February 4, 2013 via twitter.
It was announced that the regular shooting will start only after Jr. NTR completes shooting for Baadshah but in December 2012 it was revealed by the director Harish Shankar that the regular shooting will start in January. The director also said the movie will not go to any foreign countries for songs. 80% of the movie will shoot in Hyderabad and the rest in Pollachi and songs in different location in India. This Untitled Project’s first Schedule Began on January 4, 2013 in Somajiguda Hyderabad and in this schedule Jr. NTR introduction fight and some scenes between the lead pair will be canned. The first schedule will end on January 14.The first schedule came to an end on January 13. The team managed to wrap up the shoot in 9 days a day before the planned schedule.
It was announced that the film would release on September 27, 2013 which marks the 12th anniversary of Jr. NTR‘s first blockbuster Student No.1.