The latest industry buzz is that the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council has issued a red notice to Simbu after receiving multiple complaints from producers against him. saying they have incurred losses owing to him, and that Simbu can’t shoot for any more films until the issue is resolved.
A source close to Simbu says, “We received the notice on Thursday morning, and learnt that four producers, including Michael Rayappan, the producer of Simbu’s Anbanavan Adangathavan Asarathavan (AAA), have complained to the council. We have been served this notice without the council calling us to hear our side of the story.”
In September, Ratnam’s production house Madras Talkies officially announced that Simbu has been roped in for the film, which will also have Jyothika, Vijay Sethupathy, Aravind Swamy and Fahadh Faasil among others in the lead roles. It was touted as a much-needed break for the actor, given his last film Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan part 1 (AAA) was unanimously trashed by the critics and tanked at the box office too. It is actually the unfinished business of Simbu with the AAA project that has now put him in an uncomfortable position.
According to sources, Simbu caused a huge monetary loss to the producers of AAA by not cooperating with the filmmakers to complete the second part. He allegedly asked the makers to release the film with the footage already canned, saying that it would take 3 years to complete the film otherwise.
However, Vishal (President, TFPC) says, “There’s nothing called a red notice, we’ve only sent a letter to the Nadigar Sangam based on the complaint of Rayappan. He’s said that he has incurred heavy losses and has requested for a meeting. Since this is an actor’s issue, Prakash Raj and I are staying out of it. The Sangam will now talk to Simbu, to know his stand and resolve the problem.
However, Simbu called me and said he hasn’t gotten any letter from the TFPC. So, we’ve asked the council to send him a copy of the letter addressed to the Sangam.” We tried reaching Simbu, but he remained unavailable for comment till the time of going to print. Simbu will now be acting in Mani Ratnam’s film, which will be go on floor by January 2018.
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