There is something inadvertently confusing in the nature of Mega Star Chiranjeevi. He’s the Numero Uno. He can play any sort of role. One of the greatest actors. And the biggest star who was at one time hailed as bigger than Bachchan (Amitabh... that is!). But he always seems to be in a confusion about what sort of subjects he wants to do.
To cater to his unlimited fans and sit coolly as they look after everything once the film releases or to experiment with subjects that are pertaining to his stature? He couldn’t go a bit out of the box since at least 1993 when Aapadhbandhavudu failed. No experimentation. All commercial. While his contemporaries like Mammooty, Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, and even Amitabh Bachchan have always reinvented themselves according to the times, Chiru has been always playing it safe by selecting safe and proven subjects.
Now, he’s not even trusting young and fresh minds it seems. He loved Mohanlal’s blockbuster Lucifer and got the remake rights. The film has a lot to offer to add to his star power. An explosive political subject and loads of understated elevations with a climax which has peak heroism. Young director Sujeeth who directed Prabhas recently in Saaho is roped in. Despite the critical failure of the film, he’s still an innovative filmmaker who just handled a pan-India star.
But for reasons only known to him, Sujeeth is rumoured to be dumped for not coming up with a solid script (why not take help from script experts, leaving the director intact?). Who was brought in as his replacement? A severely out of form and out of trend V. V. Vinayak. Later it is heard that the project itself is shelved and Chiru is doing a film with director Bobby with a fresh subject. We think it’s a very bad move on the part of Chiru as Bobby might have delivered hits, but those are courtesy the image of the heroes (NTR and Venkatesh) than his directorial skills.