Tollywood director Neelakanda has opted out of the under-production Telugu version of national award-winning Bollywood film Queen apparently after he developed some ‘irreconcilable’ differences with Tamannaah, who plays the heroine in the film.
Queen, which fetched actress Kangna Ranaut a national award for ‘best actress’, is being remade simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada with Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah Bhatia, Manjima Mohan and Parul Yadav reprising Kangna’s roles in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada versions (respectively in that order). The crews shot the first spell of the film’s shoot in Paris recently.
Actor-director Ramesh Aravind directs the Tamil and Kannada versions while Neelakanda directs the other two versions. During the shoot of an entire month (in December) in Paris’ chilly environment, the four protagonists Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah, Parul Yadav and Manjima Mohan turned into close friends.
It now turns out that right from the commencement of the film’s shoot, Tamannaah and Neelakanda had some ‘creative differences’ which only grew as the days passed by. Neelakanda is said to have told the producer that he was opting out of the Telugu version midway though he would shoot with Parul Yadav to complete the Kannada version of the film.
Last heard, mediatory attempts are going on to bring Neelakanda to work with Tamannaah to complete the Telugu version too!