Actor Banitha Sandhu of October fame will join actor Dhruv Vikram as the lead in the second shoot of Varmaa. The news was announced by producer Mukesh Mehta of E4 Entertainment on Twitter. “Banita Sandhu and Dhruv Vikram to romance in the new Tamil version of Arjun Reddy”, the tweet read.
Varmaa, the official remake of the Telugu hit film Arjun Reddy, hit a major roadblock when the producer announced that they were not happy with the final cut directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Bala. The team made the decision to completely reshoot the film with a new crew and cast, although retaining Dhruv Vikram as the lead. Varmaa is now expected to release in June.
“Wooo, let’s go,” Banita posted while quoting Mr Adarsh’s tweet. October, headlined by Varun Dhawan, was Banita’s debut project while Varmaa is Dhruv Vikram’s first film.
Woooo let’s goooo 🎥 https://t.co/bB34t1gq2r
— Banita Sandhu (@BanitaSandhu) February 16, 2019
E4 Entertainment issued a press release regarding the decision to scrap Bala’s version because it did not stay true to the original film. “We at E4 Entertainment are not at all happy with the final version handed over to us and due to various creative and other differences, we have decided not to release this version”, the further added.
The director, however, refuted this statement from the production house and said that he left the project on his accord in order to “safeguard his creative freedom”.
Banita Sandhu and Dhruv Vikram to romance in the new Tamil version of Arjun Reddy@BanitaSandhu @sri50 @cvsarathi @igtamil @TFU_Kannan @proyuvraaj @onlynikil @radhanmusic @Madaboutmoviez @Forumkeralam1 @VRFridayMatinee @MalayalamReview @AndhraBoxOffice @taran_adarsh @e4echennai pic.twitter.com/xMO2abT0vn
— E4 Entertainment (@E4Emovies) February 16, 2019
In a statement, Bala said, “I am forced to release this explanation, due to the false statement from the producer of Varmaa. In order to safeguard creative freedom, it was my own decision to relieve myself from the project.”
The official trailer of Varmaa released earlier in January and newcomer Megha Chowdhury can be seen playing Dhruv Vikram’s love interest, which in the new version, will be portrayed by Banita Sandhu.
Arjun Reddy, the Telugu blockbuster, starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in the lead. The Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy features Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani and is currently being shot.
Earlier it was rumoured that ace filmmaker Gautham vasudev Menon is going to replace director Bala and Jhanvi kapoor to play the role of Shalini Pandey. It is believed that the talks are still on. Premam director Alphonse Puthren also approached to do the project says report. But now it is almost confirmed that the associate director who worked in the original version to wield the megaphone.