For a while, it has been rumored that Salaar: Part 1 - Ceasefire is actually a remake of the 2014 film, Ugramm, which established the arrival of Prashanth Neel as a promising filmmaker.
However, director of the KGF world and Ugramm, Neel has denied these rumors. In an interview with a Telugu tabloid, he said, “I read such news reports that Salaar is a remake. It is not a remake of my previous movie Ugramm. Nor it is based on any Hollywood or Bollywood hit.” He also added that Salaar is an original story that he had written long back and that it has nothing to do with Ugramm.
The official synopsis of Salaar, which was spotted on a UAE-based ticket booking site, also seems to support this claim. The synopsis reads, “The story is set in the backdrop of a violent past, present and a war-torn city, where Prabhas is torn between his promise to his mother and his loyalty to his friend. Salaar means the king’s general, the one who leads the king’s army. Salaar is a story about the power of relationships and the consequences of one’s actions, told through a violent and emotionally charged narrative.”
Ugramm, released in 2014, was a cult classic that revived Sriimurali’s career with Neel as the director. The film was set in a fictional town called Mughor, where violence and crime were rampant. The protagonist, Agastya, was a former gangster who had to return to Mughor after his friend’s death and face his enemies. The film was praised for its stylish action sequences, gritty visuals, and powerful dialogues.
Ever since Salaar was announced, there have been speculations that Prashant Neel was revisiting his debut film with a bigger star and a larger canvas. Some of the official posters and leaked images of Prabhas from Salaar have also drawn comparisons with Sriimurali’s look and scenes from Ugramm. Fans have pointed out similarities in the tattoos, outfits, hairstyles, and expressions of the two actors.
Ugramm removed from OTT
The big news though coming in at this point of time is how to avoid any further controversies and speculation, the makers of Salaar have reportedly removed Ugramm from all OTT platforms. The film was previously available on YouTube, Zee5, Hungama, Voot, etc, but now it shows as unavailable for streaming. It seems like this move is made to make sure no material is available for people to mark upon much before Salaar marks its release.
Amidst these rumours and film removal, netizens were quick to take to X (formerly Twitter) taking it as a sign of confirmation and express their disappointment with the makers on the same.
Salaar also stars Shruti Haasan as the female lead and Jagapathi Babu as the antagonist. The music is composed by Ravi Basrur, who also worked on Ugramm and KGF.
Salaar is expected to release on December 22, according to the latest announcement from the makers. The film will clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki, which is also scheduled to release on the same day. Dunki is a social comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani and co-starring Taapsee Pannu. The film deals with an illegal immigration technique called ‘Donkey Flight’ used by Indians to enter countries like Canada and USA.
Shah Rukh Khan is coming with Dunki after all time blockbusters Jawan and Pathaan.