After creating expectations by having big names in their cast and crew lists, a few films recently disappointed fans after popular talents either walked out or dropped from the projects.
In this article as part of its weekly special features series, Mykollywood.com tracks some of those recent movies from which either actors or technicians exited.
Producer Suresh Kamakshi recently shocked Simbu fans when he said the actor was no more a part of the much-anticipated political thriller Maanadu, a film that director Venkat Prabhu announced last year.
“It didn’t take off the way we had planned and we couldn’t execute it. It’s better to part ways now rather than push it later,” the producer said. Currently, the team is looking out for another star who would do justice to the role.
In a statement, Kamatchi said that despite repeated attempts, there were only delays and no sign of the film going on floors.
To ensure that his relationship with STR doesn’t sour, he has chosen to drop the actor from the project, he added. For his part, Venkat Prabhu tweeted: “It’s very unfortunate that I couldn’t work with my brother #str in #maanaadu Everything is time-bounded.”
The ‘Mankatha’ and ‘Goa’ maker added: “Considering the amount of emotional and financial pressure that the producer is going through, I have to respect the decision taken by the producer. Thanks for all the love.” Following this, Simbu announced a film called ‘Maha Maanaadu’.
Cinematographer Ravi Varman had walked out of director Shankar’s multilingual magnum opus ‘Indian 2’ which has Kamal Haasan in the lead role. Following this, Rathnavelu replaced him.
According to reports, Ravi Varman chose to exit the project due to the delay in its taking off and also to keep himself available for Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ which is expected to start rolling from December 2019.
Hence, Shankar has roped in Rathnavelu, with whom he had worked earlier in superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Enthiran’ (‘Robot’), for ‘Indian 2’.
Rakul Preet Singh, Priya Bhavani Shankar and Aishwarya Rajesh have also been signed for the movie, which is being produced by Lyca. Music is by Anirudh Ravichander
Amala Paul, in a strong statement recently, came down heavily on the producers of Vijay Sethupathi’s new film for deciding to replace her after watching the teaser of ‘Aadai’ in which she was seen nude.
Her statement has earned the praise of Vishnu Vishal, her co-star in last year’s ‘Ratsasan’. “Happy to see an actor speak up…Numerous times it so happens that actors are the ones who are at ‘fault’ by ‘default’ …Ive been tempted so many times to share how badly i was treated by a number of producers but then v still giv them the respect as a ‘Modhalaali’ :)”
“But like the coin has two sides , so does cinema…Ive workd with some really good n wonderful producers as well:)But its high time we speak up against the injustice done to us actors as well , emotionally n professionally n physically :)” he said.
In her statement, Amala said: “I am writing out of my great disappointment, as I have been thrown out of an ongoing movie, tentatively titled as ‘VSP33’, stating a simple statement by the production that ‘I am not production-friendly’.
She said: “I can recall, rather vividly, I have in fact lent my support to all my production houses whenever such a situation arose. For example, for the movie Bhaskar Oru Rascal I had to let go of a part of my agreed salary and in fact, had to lend money to the producer when he couldn’t meet his financial obligations at the time of the movie’s release.”
Tamannah had walked out of her Telugu flick ‘Raju Gari Gadhi 3’, allegedly due to some differences with director Ohmkar. It was also said that she opted out of the project due to date issues.
A recent update about the project is that Tapsee Pannu has been roped in to replace Tamannah. ‘Raju Gari Gadhi 3’ is a horror thriller movie directed and produced by Ohmkar under Oak Entertainments banner.