Jiiva is highly upset that his latest release Neethaane En Ponvasantham is not been doing as well as expected. The film is in its second week in theatres and critics and movie-goers have reacted very differently to the film. Neethaane En Ponvasantham directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon has music by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
Reports say that Jiiva, who had a super duper hit film last year Ko, wanted to hike his fee to Rs.3 crore per film. After Ko, his next couple of films Rowthiram and Vandhaan Vendraan did below-par business at the box-office which didn’t help his desire to be fulfilled. Nanban, which released in January this year, was also an average grosser and was also a multi-starrer.
It was then that he was signed up by popular cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran to star in his directorial venture Yaan opposite Thulasi, younger daughter of actress Radha who is making her debut with Maniratnam’s Kadal. When Jiiva quoted his fee to star in the film, Ravi was shocked and told him that his budget might not allow him to pay him such a huge package.
Later Ravi had reportedly told Jiiva that if Neethaane En Ponvasantham did well in theatres, he would consider meeting Jiiva’s demand. Jiiva, who was absolutely sure that Neethaane En Ponvasantham would become a super-duper hit, had agreed to Ravi that he would allot dates for shoot of Yaan only after the release of Neethaane En Ponvasantham. As it turned out, Neethaane En Ponvasantham’s collections in theatres are far from encouraging, though the film has been appreciated for the performance of Samantha.
Finding no other ways, Jiiva is said to have agreed to ‘reduce’ his earlier demand by at least Re.1 crore. In all probability, the film might go to the floors soon.