Looks like the producer and director of the Telugu remake of the hit Tamil film 96 are having some differences of opinion over the script and choice of music director.
Reports are that director C Prem Kumar is keen on retaining music composer Govind Vasantha for the Telugu version as well but producer Dil Raju is opposed to this idea. Sources in the know say the Dil Raju is keen on having a well-known music composer in Tollywood to wield the music baton and this has created a rift between the director and producer
Also, Dil Raju has suggested that some changes be made to the original script claiming that would suit the tastes of the Telugu audiences but the director is keen on making an exact replica of the original so that the core essence of the film is retained. The Telugu version of 96 will have Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni playing the lead pair. Hopefully, the issues will be sorted out amicably between the film makers.
The Tamil film 96 turned out to be one of the biggest hits last year following which its remake rights for Telugu and Kannada have been lapped up. The Tamil movie starred Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha as the lead pair. The film received widespread appreciation from film buffs, critics and film personalities. It is a C Prem Kumar directorial which has been bankrolled by Nandagopal under the Madras Enterprises banner. It may be noted here that director Prem Kumar was the cinematographer for Vijay Sethupathi’s hit movie Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom and 96 was his maiden directorial venture.
96 is currently being remade in Kannada with Bhavana and Ganesh playing the lead roles. The Kannada remake is titled 99 as opposed to 96, and directed by Preetam Gubbi. 99 will be the noted music director Arjun Janya’s 100th and its cinematography is handled by Santhosh Rai Pathaje. The film is bankrolled under the banner Ramu Enterprises.
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