A film in the unusual combination of Ram Charan and Sukumar generated curiosity among movie goers when it was first announced at the beginning of 2016. But, the subsequent happenings..or.. shall we say ‘No-happenings’ have killed people’s interest, and buzz is that producers are quite disappointed with Sukumar for his sluggish pace of work.
Sukumar’s last film released in January 2016. After taking one full year to zero in the subject for his film starring Charan, Sukumar commenced pre-production work from January this year. A team of 10-15 Assistant Directors (AD) were hired to help him with the screenplay and shoot. Four months have passed and the intelligent director could shoot the film for only 20-odd days. Each AD charges around 1.2 lakh per month, and producers may have to pay them until Jan 2018.
When the shooting was abruptly halted last month, producers, Mythri Movie Makers, had released an official press note to blame the extreme heat wave and assured the worrying fans that the shoot will resume from June 1. However, no progress on shooting front happened except the announcement of film’s title. Taking the sluggish pace Sukumar has been working at into account, producers, who earlier planed to release Rangasthalam for Dussehra, have announced Sankranthi 2018 release, a delay of four months.
Blocking the dates of artistes for so long will be a herculean task for makers. Samantha will enter wedlock on October 6, she may not attend shoots at least from one month in advance. The pay for ADs, technicians and interests on finances etc. are also worrying the Producer, no wonder they are upset with Sukumar.