Director Charan -Cold War?
It's usual to find new rumors surfacing once every two months
in Tamil cine industry.
After the Kamal-Simran and Shrikanth-Sneha episodes, it's now time
hear about the new cold war that's on between Ajith and director
Charan. They will not work with each other any more. Why?
With 'Kaadhal Mannan' and 'Amarkalam', director Charan had got
Ajith's career going again after his string of five continuous
flops. And, Ajith had faith on the director and had signed up for
two films with him. That way he had helped him come up in his
If this was not enough, Charan was one of the key figures who had
brought together Ajith and Shalini and had got them married too.
Shalini had been refusing the 'Amarkalam' offer, but it was Charan
who had compelled and convinced her to accept it. And, Charan was
the one that Shalini had complained to when Ajith had spoken his
mind to her," What's this? He says 'I love you' to his co-star?"
But, Charan was aware of the deep feelings that Ajith had for
Shalini and had a great role in making her reciprocate the love.
So, Charan's contribution was not limited to Ajith's
professional life. It extended to his personal life too. And,
guess what Ajith gave back? After booking him as the director and
after having even shot a song sequence for the new film 'Yerumugam',
he backed out of the film because he didn't like Charan's
screenplay. The very same 'Yerumugam' was then made and released
with Vikram as hero as 'Gemini'. The film has earned the
distinction of having made more than 15 crores at the Box Office.
If you think that there's nothing wrong about the hero walking out
of a film because the story was not good enough, then think again.
1. Ajith had accepted the Advance money only after going through
2. Only after liking the story did he shoot the song sequence
But then, Ajith had spoken to a popular magazine about the reason
behind his withdrawal from the film. "I need to have the script,
i.e. the screenplay, ready before I start working for the film.
But, even after shooting began, Charan was not ready with the
script. When my patience ran out, I quit the film." These
statements had not only squarely blamed Charan, it had also turned
out to question Charan's competency in front of the whole world.
That was the time when Charan had scored 3 consecutive
superhits and these words from Ajith landed like heavy blows on
his pride. Angered and hurt, he completed and submitted the script
and song lists to the producers on the puja functions of the film.
Now, 'Gemini' is a super duper hit. The whole Tamilnadu is under
the trance of 'O podu'. Charan is taking his sweet revenge on
Ajith who had tried to demean him in the eyes of the Tamil
"Don't even dream that I will ever work with Ajith again. And no
other hero would have been such a sport as Vikram was about 'Kalabhavan'
Mani's role. They wouldn't have appreciated and encouraged his
role as Vikram did," Charan lashed out for the first time at Ajith
as he celebrates his jubilant success. One could feel the pain in
This was the strongest 'in-your-face' reply to Ajith's blunt 'bad
script and incomplete script' accusations.
The 'Yerumugam' which became 'Gemini' is now all set to be
remade in Telugu. Just because one is an actor, one simply
shouldn't go about finding faults with anyone and everyone. He had
washed his hands off 'Yerumugam' and had made a similar film
called 'Red'. What was the outcome? "He had thrown out a golden
opportunity that was given to him. And what has that brought him?
One of the hottest directors has sworn not to work with him at
all", says one of Charan's assistant directors.
With the success of 'Gemini', Charan had wrecked vengeance on
Ajith who had hurt him with his words. This has earned him one
more distant friend (read: enemy) in the film industry. (His first
enemity was with Vivek after his 'Kaadhal Mannan'.
Most of the creative directors are extremely sensitive. The choice
lies with the heroes- should they handle them like flowers or
should they treat them like thorns? Ajith chose the thorn
treatment when it came to Charan.