In the age when all star heroes are looking to set up combos with top directors, Pawan Kalyan has worked with relatively less popular directors just because he had causally promised them earlier to give a chance. Pawan stands by his words and there is no doubt about it. But, going by the wild speculations in film circles, Pawan may have refrained from his promise for a lucrative deal.
On the eve of Dussehra last year, Pawan Kalyan launched a film to be produced by AM Ratnam. Tamil director Neason was on board to direct this film. Thaman SS even composed two tunes in the excitement of having bagged a film starring Pawan. After Ratnam had spent significant amount on the film's pre-production, it is heard that he shelved the film when Pawan humbly expressed his unwillingness.
It would have seemed legit if Pawan had shelved Ratnam's film in order to completely focus his attention on strengthening Jana Sena party ahead of 2019 elections. But, raising many eyebrows, Pawan has given green signal for a film to be produced by Mythri Movie Makers, according to the circulating reports.
Pawan, who claimed to have been in dire need of funds for his political endeavors, has reportedly signed Mythri's film when they offered him an astonishing Rs 40 crore remuneration. Besides, they sought only 60 days of his call sheets. Ratnam, who himself is in financial mess, will anyway can't pay such high remuneration. Apparently, Pawan even didn't budge when Mythri Movie Makers reportedly signed Santosh Srinivas, the director of Rabhasa and Hyper, to direct him.
Ratnam, who produced Pawan's Kushi and Komaram Puli, was supposed to produce Katamarayudu itself. He however backed out after Pawan promised him another project. Now, Mythri's irresistible offer may have lured Pawan to ditch him once again.
These speculations won't die unless Pawan starts shooting for either Ratnam's film or Mythri's. In second case, he may have to face criticism for ditching Ratnam for the sake of money.