Actor Rashmika Mandanna has been signed in as the female lead in superstar Mahesh Babu's 26th film 'Sarileru Neekevvaru'. The official launch ceremony of the movie was held in Hyderabad last week, with Mahesh Babu skipping the event as he holidays with his family in London. He is expected to join the sets for shooting from July first week onwards. Directed by Anil Ravipudi, the film is tipped to be an out-and-out commercial entertainer with Mahesh to be seen in a different avatar.
Makers of the film unveiled the title poster at the launch, which was held to coincide with the 75th birthday of the actor's father. The poster featured the title in bold, along with a rifle and an army hat. Grapevine now suggests that Mahesh could be playing an army officer. Produced by Dil Raju and Anil Sunkara, the movie also stars Rajendra Prasad and Jagapathi Babu, among others. Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in for music, and the rest of the cast and crew will be announced soon. The team hopes to go on the floors from the third or last week of June. They will complete the first scheduled before Mahesh joins the sets.