Sandakozhi 2 controversy creates uneasiness among K-Town film-makers

Vishal-Lingusamy-1Actor-producer Vishal recently announced that his Sandakozhi 2 has been abandoned as Lingusamy, who was to direct the film, had committed himself to make a Tamil-Telugu bilingual starring Tollywood’s Allu Arjun in the lead.

“Though I took it in my stride as an actor, I suffered as a producer and have lodged complaint with the Producers’ Council against Lingusamy’s attitude,” Vishal said a few days back.

Vishal’s comments on his Twitter page that it would be better for actors to stick to ‘acting’ alone and for directors to stick to ‘directing films’ alone hasn’t gone down well with Kollywood’s producers and directors. Instead of merely talking about the film getting abandoned, Vishal had commented about the industry as a whole which has sown seeds of distrust in many film-makers’ minds.

Vishal’s attitude reminds us of Suriya’s attitude when he walked out of his once-favourite director Gautham Vasude Menon’s Dhuruva Natchathiram, which was to have been their third film together after successful films such as Kaaka Kaaka and Vaaranam Aayiram.

Upset by Suriya walking out of the film, Menon made Yennai Arindhaal with Ajith in the lead which turned out to be a successful venture. Menon is now about to make Dhuruva Natchathiram with ‘Jayam’ Ravi in the lead.

It was Lingusamy who cast Vishal in Sandakozhi more than a decade back (which was only the second film in the latter’s career) and thus gave him a strong ‘action-hero’ image as the film went on to become a super-hit.

The duo was to come together again after 10 years to make the sequel to Sandakozhi which was to be launched late last year itself. Vishal then announced that the film had been abandoned.

Vishal’s comments about directors and his attack on Lingusamy by saying “It was indeed regrettable that creators are not concentrating fully in films and it would be better if directors stick to making films and actors to acting alone,” has opened a Pandora’s Box with many directors saying Vishal went over-board in his comments thought is is not uncommon for films to be announced and abandoned in Kollywood.

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