Dandupalya 2 is on every Sandalwood buff’s must-watch list, considering how the first part directed by Srinivas Raju was a hit when it released in 2012.
The film on the notorious gang was even declared the spine-chilling story of the year.
Even though work on the sequel started in March, and with much hype, the makers are now stuggling to complete it. Twenty days of work is still to be completed.
Sources in the industry tell City Express that producer Venkat is held responsible for this long delay. He is the same producer who had initially planned to invest in Naati Koli with Srinivas Raju. This movie was then shelved and Venkat decided to back the sequel to Dandupalya.
Our source says the producer is “not giving any concrete reason for the postponement and the schedule has been changing for the last eight months. It has taken a heavy toll on the project because the various artistes and technicians are slowly losing interest.”
According to this source, the producer is caught in a dilemma and is refusing to even discuss the next schedule. “He looks undecided, which means the team cannot try to complete the project with somebody else’s support,” says the industry source. “The initial plan was to release the film in October, it is December now and there is no hope of completing the film. The project is stuck mid way. The last schedule was in May, after which there has been no word from the production end.”
Adding to this trouble there was a petition filed by the real Dandupalya gang. In April, they requested the court give a stay on the filming of Dandupalya 2 because the film is being shot without their consultantion and the case on the gang is still ongoing in the court.
City Express contacted its director Srinivas to learn of the movie’s status and he replied with a “no comments’. “I am busy with another script,” he said.
Dandupalya 2’s screenplay is written by its director. The movie features Pooja Gandhi, Makrand Deshpande, Shruthi, Ravi Kaale, Kari Subbu, Yethiraj, Danny, Jayadev, Muni, Sanjjanaa, Petrol Prasanna and Ravishankar.