Much to everyone's surprise, Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi who bagged a pivotal role in Pushpa walked out of the project, and there are several reasons cited for his exit. But, when dug deep into details, the actual reason has come to light. As part of the film, some of the Tamilians will be shown as smugglers. Though our Telugu cast will also be seen as smugglers, Vijay disliked the fact of showing Tamilians as main smugglers (he also plays a villain). Being a star hero, he might trigger an unwanted dispute as some Tamil fans might fire on him for playing such a role, hence Vijay decided to bow out of the project without getting into any soup.