“Shaakuntalam,” the latest venture by director Gunasekhar, has been facing several problems even after the completion of the shooting. Gunasekhar, known for delivering superhits like “Choodalani Undi” and “Okkadu,” has struggled to deliver a hit in recent years, and his latest mythological drama based on Kalidasa’s “Abhijnana Shakuntalam” has faced several delays and hurdles. Despite the release of multiple posters and a trailer, the buzz surrounding the film seems to have died down, and distributors and exhibitors are not showing interest even at lower prices.
The story of “Shaakuntalam” revolves around the epic love story between Shakuntala and King Dushyant of Mahabharat. The film, which will be released on April 14th in 3D in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada, is Gunasekhar’s first movie in seven years after the 2015 period drama “Rudhramadevi.” The success of the movie now heavily depends on Samantha’s star power and Gunasekhar’s grand execution. Along with Samantha, the movie also stars Dev Mohan, Aditi Balan, Ananya Nagalla, Mohan Babu, and Prakash Raj in key roles.