On January 26, the Hindi remake of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was set to hit theatres. Producer Manish Shah, who owns the Hindi-dubbed version of the film, was looking forward to seeing it in theatres. However, following a meeting with Shehzada’s producers, the film’s theatrical distribution was cancelled. Kartik had vowed to leave Shehzada if Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was released in Hindi, according to Manish Shah.
For those who are unaware, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is being remade in Hindi. Shehzada is directed by Rohit Dhawan and stars Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the major roles. The news that Ala Vaikunthpurramuloo’s Hindi version will be released in theatres did not sit well with the directors of Shehzada, who thought that it might affect their film’s box office. Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo producer Manish Shah opened up about this.
Expressing his stance on the decision, Manish Shah said, “The makers of Shehzda were not keen to release the Hindi version in cinemas. Also, Kartik Aaryan said if the movie was released in theatres, he would walk out of the film, which would have caused Shehzada producers a loss of Rs 40 crores. It was extremely unprofessional of him.”
Shehzada is co-produced by Allu Aravind, Bhushan Kumar, and Aman Gill, who also produced the first Allu Arjun film. Manish explained why the Hindi version of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was not released in theatres. He said, “I have known Shehzada producers for 10 years. I cannot have people who are close to me losing Rs 40 crores, so I dropped it. By doing this, I ended up losing Rs 20 crores. I spent Rs 2 crores only on dubbing. I wanted this film to be bigger than Pushpa: The Rise. If I do not release the film I lose money, so now I am releasing it on my channel.”
He further added, “I would not have done anything for Kartik Aaryan, I only did this because of Allu Arvind. Why would I do this for a Bollywood hero? I don’t know him.”