Filmmaker Karan Johar has reportedly refused to launch actor Prabhas in a new Bollywood project, reports DNA.
After the grand success of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Prabhas received a lot of offers from Bollywood filmmakers. Karan’s Dharma Productions got the distribution rights of the Hindi version of the film after which certain sections of the press suggested that Karan had decided to handle Prabhas’ Bollywood debut.
DNA quoted a source as saying, “Prabhas had devoted five years of his life to the two Baahubali films, and it was only fair that he would want to cash in on his new success. But the price he asked for was staggering. While it was okay for him to ask and get his desired price — reportedly in the vicinity of Rs 20 crore — in Telugu cinema, it was unrealistic for Prabhas to expect that kind of remuneration in Bollywood. No South Indian actor, not even Rajinikanth, has that kind of commercial clout in Hindi cinema. Prabhas has clearly out-priced himself for Bollywood. After Baahubali and its sequel, Karan was keen to launch Prabhas in Hindi cinema. But on seeing the price he was asking, Karan has decided to abandon the idea of launching him.”
Coincidentally, Karan Johar's latest tweet is perceived to be a jibe at the Baahubali star.
"Dear Ambition...if you have to achieve your full potential stay away from your arch nemesis....Comparison!" Karan tweeted.
On the work front, Prabhas, thus, is busy with Saaho, which started filming in August and is being shot in three languages - Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Neil Nitin Mukesh has been cast as the antagonist in the movie. According to reports, Saaho is being made at a reported budget of Rs 150 crore.
The movie also stars Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi, Tinnu Anand and Arun Vijay. It is scheduled to release next year.