If grapevine is to be believed, actor Aravind Swamy has demanded over Rs 3 Crore for the Telugu remake of Tamil superhit Thani Oruvan. When producers NV Prasad had approached Aravind Swamy to reprise the same role he essayed in the original, Swamy said to have asked Rs 3 Crore as remuneration.
Shocked with the quoted figure, the makers of the Telugu version dropped the idea to cast Swamy. Even Ram Charan asked the makers to look for other actors like Sudeep or Madhavan or Neil Nitin Mukesh who could do it for relatively less price.
Though Swamy was seen as villain in the film, the total film revolves around him and he's been there throughout the film and his character in the film is very powerful. An actor like Aravind Swamy, who has a soft image among Tamil audience, playing a baddie in the movie worked out well. It needs to be seen who will step into the shoes of Aravind and do justice to it in the Telugu. At the moment, producers of Telugu version are hunting for a good villain opposite Charan.
It's already reported that producer Allu Aravind will oversee the production of this yet-to-be-titled movie which will see Surender Reddy directing the project. Makers want to wrap up the film within Rs 25 Crore budget.