The bad buzz around Indian 2 refuses to die down. First, the team had stopped shooting after the production was concerned over the initial budget quoted by director Shankar for the Kamal Haasan-starrer. When the filmmaker resumed shoot after the stalemate, an accident on the set, which resulted in the loss of lives, meant a halt to the shoot. And then came the lockdown, after which, we hear, there has been no confirmation from the production team on the resumption of the film’s shoot.
Now, a source tells us that Shankar has written to the production house asking them to spell out their production plan for the project. Says the source, “Shankar and his team were hoping that they would resume the shoot once the government allows film shoots with a larger crew. But now, the production house wants to bring down the cost further to make up for the losses as a result of the lockdown. But Shankar, who has already brought down the budget from `400 crore to ` 220 crore after their first disagreement, feels it would be very hard to make the film as he has envisioned with further budget cuts. So, the production house decided to play the waiting game and stayed mum on the resumption of the project. Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan has committed to Lokesh Kanagaraj’s film. He was hoping to start that film after wrapping up work on Indian 2, and did not start production work on Lokesh’s film. But after seeing the current deadlock, he did a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Venket Ram at AVM Studio a couple of days ago. This has made Shankar realise that he might lose precious time if he keeps sitting idle,
waiting for the producers of Indian 2 to take a call on resumption of the shoot. So, he has dashed off a letter to them, asking them to provide him with their plans for the project, and allowing him to work on another film if they intend to delay things even further.”
The source adds that following Shankar’s letter, the new CEO of the production house, who was previously with a Bollywood studio, is likely to meet Shankar in the next couple of days and sort this issue out.
We are told that the filmmaker has so far completed around 60 per cent of the film’s portions, including the intermission sequence. “Even though Kamal is now focusing on Lokesh’s project, he is also keen on wrapping up this film because he feels the film will give a major boost to his political image in the upcoming state elections, and wants it to release at least by summer 2021,” adds the source.
When we reached out to the production house, its COO P Kannan, clarified, “This is a rumour. We have not got nothing of this sort (from Shankar). The film requires a huge crew of 500-600 people on the set, so the planning is going on. We are in the process of deciding how to move forward with the shoot, and in fact, we met Kamal Haasan yesterday to discuss this. We are hoping to resume the shoot soon.”