The star war between Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun is now out in the open. It started over the release dates of their respective films a few months ago. Allu Arjun’s team announced the release of his film on the same date selected for the release of Mahesh Babu’s film. After some top producers intervened, the issue seemed to be resolved, and January 11 was fixed for the release of Mahesh Babu’s film Sarileru Neekevvaru while Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikuntapuramlo was scheduled to hit the screens the next day.
However, the battle continues over promotional content. Whenever Mahesh Babu’s team releases a promo, the Allu Arjun team does the same on the same day.
Over the last few days, reports are doing the rounds that Allu Arjun is advancing the release date of Ala Vaikuntapuramlo to January 10, one day ahead of Sarileru Neekevvaru. “Mahesh Babu is putting pressure on his producers to get clarity about the release date of the other film,” says a source.
Allu Arjun and his good friend Bunny Vasu are putting pressure on the makers of Ala Vaikuntapuramlo to release it before Mahesh’s film, the source said. When contacted, Naga Vamsi, one of the producers of Ala Vaikuntapuramlo, however said, “We haven’t changed the release date of our film, we are keeping to January 12.”
Another source says that if the release date of Allu Arjun’s film is advanced, Mahesh may release his film too on the same date. “There is a chance that both films will be released on the same day if things go on like this,” the source said.
Meanwhile, a source from Mahesh’s team said Dil Raju, one of the producers of Mahesh Babu’s film and also a distributor for Allu Arjun’s film in the Nizam area, had “called the producers of Allu Arjun’s film and told them that he would not distribute the film if the release date was advanced. He also clarified that he would screen only Mahesh Babu’s film in his theatres.”
Anil Sunkar, the producer of Mahesh Babu’s film, said “We announced January 11 as the release date, and we are going with that.”
The questions that many people are asking are, why is Allu Arjun making this a personal issue, and, why is top producer Allu Aravind, the presenter of his son’s film, maintaining silence on what has become a big topic of discussion in the industry....