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Vamshi Paidipally not doing Akhil Akkineni-starring Telugu film

Director Vamshi who delivered a big hit with Oopiri was to work on a new film with actor Akhil Akkineni that was to be bankrolled by the actor’s father, Telugu superstar Nagarjuna. However, the project fell through.

regional movies Updated: May 12, 2016 15:18 IST
Vamshi Paidipally,Akhil Akkineni,Nagarjuna
The yet-untitled Telugu film starring actor Akhil Akkineni was to be produced by Akhil’s dad, actor Nagarjuna. (AkhilAkkineni/Facebook)

Filmmaker Vamshi Paidipally, fresh out of the success of his Telugu/Tamil film Oopiri/Thozha starring Karthi and Nagarjuna, has back out of the yet-untitled Akhil Akkineni-starring Telugu film.

“Vamshi was set to team up with Akhil, and he was initially interested. The Akkineni family wanted him to work on the Telugu remake of Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani. However, he wasn’t too keen on the idea because he had recently worked on the remake of a French film,” said a source.

Vamshi’s Oopiri, which had released in Tamil as Thozha, was the official remake of French film The Intouchables.

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“Vamshi didn’t want to work on another remake immediately. He was more interested to work on his own script which didn’t go down well with actor Nagarjuna, who had planned to produce the remake under his home banner,” the source said. Since an amicable agreement couldn’t be reached, Vamshi had no other option but to exit the project.

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Vamshi plans to work with a bigger star next. “He has a script ready to work with a leading Telugu star. He doesn’t want to work on remakes for quite some time,” the source added.

First Published: May 12, 2016 15:17 IST