Kathanayakudu is a 2008 Telugu drama film directed by P. Vasu, which was simultaneously made in Tamil as Kuselan. Both remake of the Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, the film is directed by P. Vasu and produced by Aswani Dutt and G. P. Vijayakumar in two languages. Kuselan stars Jagapati Babu in the lead role paired opposite Meena. Rajnikanth and Nayantara appear in extended cameo roles.
The film revolves around a villager, who had shared a strong friendship with a popular cinema actor in their youth. However due to their different pursuit in careers they eventually are forced to part ways, one becoming a national figure, the other, a village barber. Decades later, the actor returns to the village to participate in his film’s shooting. Whilst the entire village become excited about the prospect of seeing the actor, the barber fears that his old friend would have forgotten him and would neglect him. The story explores the pressures of friendship.