Actor Chethan Cheenu pays tribute to the iconic freedom fighter…


Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) Seeking to pay tribute to the revolutionary heroes who fought for the freedom of the country, actor Chethan Cheenu, known for his performances in ‘Karungali’ and ‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’ in Tamil and ‘Raju Gari Gadhi’ and ‘Mantra 2’ in Telugu, has now done a photo shoot, dressed as 12 different freedom fighters.

These images will be released one by one starting at 10:05 a.m. on Republic Day (January 26) as a tribute to iconic heroes.

The 12 freedom fighters that Chethan Cheenu portrayed in his photo shoot are VVS Aiyar, Alluri Sitarama Raju, Udham Singh, Velu Thampi Dalawa, Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Sangolli Rayanna, Mangal Pandey, Rani Velu Nachiyar, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Sukhdev Thapar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

Speaking about the initiative, Chethan Cheenu said he discussed the idea with his sister a few years ago.

“This initiative had actually started for a film. I wanted to portray freedom fighters on screen and started researching them. But during the discussion, we realized that it would be a huge expense to turn this attempt into a film. So we thought of pitching this idea to different directors and producers through photography. Following this, we held a calendar photoshoot with 12 freedom fighters,” he said.

Chethan Cheenu said the set video from the photoshoot will also be released in the coming days.

He said that Kamal Haasan was his inspiration for this project.

“I would be very happy and satisfied if I could achieve at least one percent of what he did,” he added.

He also said that those who saw the photoshoot enjoyed it very much.

Chethan Cheenu, who began his acting career as one of the child artists in director Mani Ratnam’s ‘Anjali’, will next play the lead role in ‘Vidyarthi’ (‘Manavan’ in Tamil).

Also, he plays the lead role in a multilingual movie directed by actress Kaveri Kalyani.




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Thelma J. Longworth