Squashing rumours that Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi has shelved his highly anticipated 150th film, a source close to the actor has said that he has in fact shifted all his focus on the project. Tentatively titled Auto Johnny, the film is expected to go on floors later this year, the source added. The film was announced as Chiranjeevi's 150th film a few months ago and was to be directed by Puri Jagannadh.
"It's not true that Chiranjeevi sir has ditched the project. He didn't like the second half of the film that was announced with director Puri Jagannadh; hence it has been put on hold. But he's listening to few scripts now and is likely to zero in on a project soon," said a source close to the actor.
Among a few directors who are likely to team up with Chiranjeevi, 'Tagore' fame VV Vinayak is the front-runner. "It's true that Vinayak met Chiranjeevi sir recently. It was just a courtesy meeting in which they discussed a story idea as well. They've been in touch since then but since Vinayak is busy with a film with Akhil, it might take a while," he said.
Chiranjeevi's actor-son Ram Charan will be producing this project. The source also confirmed that there won't any special announcement regarding the 150th project on Chiranjeevi's 60th birthday on Saturday.