Talented director Sekhar Kammula has already given clarity that he’s not picking Leader sequel at the moment but that might happen only in 2019. At the same time, Rana is also busy with numerous projects, that he will not be taking this up any sooner.
Cut to the storyline of the film, an inside story suggests that Suresh Babu wants to use the old ‘first half’ for this film. Wonder what? Actually ‘Leader’ story was initially prepared to be like, a Chief Minister rules the state and then dies at the interval, and his son then goes on to become another CM through various ways and resigns to his post in the climax. Sources who worked on this script shared that Venkatesh was supposed to be the dad and Rana was to play the son’s role.
Though the script got locked, both Suresh and Venky felt that the story wouldn’t be a perfect launch pad to Rana as Venky’s presence will turn attention to other side. Then they were said to have roped in Sekhar, who has bounced another love story to them to feature Rana and asked to develop the total second half of their political script as a new film. That’s how ‘Leader’ emerged, they say.
Now Suresh wants that chopped first half from the original script to be made as a movie with Rana in the lead, and they want it to be titled Leader 2. As Rana’s political stunts clicked big time in Nene Raju Nene Mantri, it seems like Suresh wants Kammula to make another film, for which the director is not interested.