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Autonagar Surya is a 2014 Telugu film directed by Deva Katta. The film, which is said to be a political thriller film, stars Naga Chaitanya and Samantha in the lead while starring Rakul Preet Singh, Sai Kumar in pivotial roles. Anoop Rubens composed the music for the film while Srikanth Naroj, known for his work in the 2011 film Hostel handled the Cinematography. Gautham Raju handled the editing Department. The Principal photography started officially on 14 October 2011 at Hyderabad. After Filming continuously till December 2012, the film's shoot was halted due to the Financial turmoil of R. R. Movie Makers ultimately reviving in September 2013, Wrapping the entire shooting by 30 November 2013. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 27 June 2014 in theaters.
Naga Chaitanya as Surya
Samantha as Shirisha
Rakul Preet Singh
M. S. Narayana
Jaya Prakash Reddy
Though the origin of this project was revealed by Deva Katta in the late 2010, Naga Chaitanya signed an Untitled film which was reported to be directed by Deva Katta under Max India Productions which would make this film Deva Katta's Third Directorial Venture in 2011. Deva Katta confirmed that the project is Autonagar Surya itself and not any other film. Due to the construction of an automobile industry set designed by Art Director Ravindra, the filming delayed and was set to start after Naga Chaitanya completed his shooting for Dhada. After Dhada became a Box Office failure, news of shelving the film temporarily were reported. However, the film had an official launch on Vijaya Dasami of 2011. A Tata 207 pickup truck was stripped down for a unique and massive look which was used by the Hero in the film predominantly. The truck's photo was released later which gained attention from the public.
In December 2010, reports emerged that Nandamuri Balakrishna was recruited to play the role of Surya. However, Deva Katta dismissed those reports. Later it was reported that Deva Katta approached Pawan Kalyan for playing the title role. Finally after much speculation, Naga Chaitanya was signed to play the role of Surya in February 2011 and Samantha was apparently selected as the heroine with only the former was confirmed then. The role of Surya played by Chaitanya in the film was said to be a skilled mechanic based in Vijayawada but the director claimed it to have no connection with Vijayawada. Initially, Nithya Menen and Kajal Agarwal were considered for the role of Heroine but later Samantha was recruited. She was reported to be playing a mass role with some shades of comedy. Rakul Preet Singh was recruited to play another heroine marking her first collaboration with Naga Chaitanya.[
Veteran actor and voice artist Sai Kumar was recruited to play the role of Heroine's father. Brahmanandam was recruited to play a hilarious role and later some morphed photos of Brahmanandam used in the film were officially released into the Internet which received positive response allover. It was said that his role was named "Super Mechanic" Brahmi who is a rival to Surya's business and Venu Madhav would be his assistant. Apart from this, Madhu of "Chakravakam" fame was recruited to play the role of City Mayor and Jaya Prakash Reddy was recruited to play the role of corporator of the city. Popular actors Ravi Prakash and Surekha Vani were recruited to play the roles of Surya's parents who die in an unexpected train accident when Surya was of 4 years. Mumbai dance based reality show contestant Kimaya was recruited for an item song in the movie after the film's team saw her in a special song in a Kannada film named Dakota Picture.
The filming officially started from 14 October 2011 in Hyderabad. After wrapping key portions, the film unit resumed its shooting in Hyderabad from 27 February 2012. Two songs were canned on Chaitanya and Samantha at Ramoji Film City and Annapoorna Studios under the choreography of Raju Sundaram. The Climax was shot at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad in which Chaitanya and others participated. In December 2012, the opening sequence of the film was shot at a railway station set in Ramoji Film City by using an old steam engine train which was said to be used in the film in Night Effect. However the film's shoot was halted due to financial turmoil and the news of its revival came in August 2013 by Deva Katta himself. He further added that they are planning to start the shoot from 10 September 2013, finish a song and the patchwork in India and shift to Malaysia for the last song which would complete the photography work.
The film then had a silent shoot and by November, Deva Katta revealed that 90% of the film's shoot was complete and Sai Kumar dubbed for his role underway and the remaining portions were informed to be wrapped up soon. On 11 November 2013 it was reported that the last song was being shot on Naga Chaitanya and Samantha in Hyderabad for 3 days with which entire shooting of the film would be completed. The song was wrapped up on 14 November 2013 with yet another song's shoot to be done. Later it was announced that the last song's shoot would take place from 27 November 2013 whose completion would end the principal photography. It was a flirtatious song titled Hyderabad Biriyani shot on the street where Surya resides in the film. It was shot on Naga Chaitanya and Kimaya under Raju Sundaram choreography at Rock Castle in Hyderabad and the shooting completed on 30 November 2013.