Vadivelu slams Shankar for ‘Imsai Arasan…’ imbroglio



Vadivelu has said he can not act in sequel to ‘Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi’. He has also blamed the film’s makers for wasting his dates and causing him mental and financial agony.

Responding to the allegations against him, Vadivelu has said, “I agreed to act in the sequel of this film on 1 June 2016. I was assured that they would complete shooting this film by December 2016. They said I should not sign any other films during this period. I agreed and as I had given them an assurance that I would not act in any other films, I let go off many opportunities. However, they did not even begin the film by December 2016.

Despite this being the case, keeping in mind the state of the film industry and for the sake of the producer, I gave them dates and acted as per their wishes. At this stage, S Pictures (owned by director Shankar) removed my personal costume designer. Moreover, they lodged a complaint with the producer’s council in which they have tried to portray a wrong picture, saying that the popularity that I enjoy today is only because of having acted in the first part of this film.

If I had refused to act as per the agreement, why did they not lodge a complaint before December 2016? They have lodged a complaint with malafide intentions a year after the agreement period has ended.

After having signed this film, I did not accept any other films despite getting many such offers during 2016-2017. As a result, I have suffered mentally and financially.

The Nadigar Sangam’s move to compel me to act in this film before hearing my side of the story is against the rules. If I continue to act in this film, all other films that I have signed will be affected. I hereby state that I am unable to allocate anymore dates to work in Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi 2 due to financial, family and emotional reasons.”


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