Things in Tollywood got heated for a while on Friday when reports that director Puri Jagannath had filed a complaint against the producer of his upcoming Pawan Kalyan-starrer 'Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu' surfaced.
DVV Danayya, the target of the director’s ire, allegedly owed him an outstanding amount of Rs 4.5 crore. Jagannath filed complaints with the Telugu Film Directors’ Association, Telugu Producers’ Council and the AP Film Federation, seemingly in the morning. But by evening 5 pm, things were suddenly “cleared up”.
Said V Sagar, president of Telugu Film Directors’ Association when contacted in the evening, “Things have been settled. Directors and producers keep having monetary issues, it’s a common occurrence. Director Puri had filed a complaint that there was some outstanding amount that Danayya, the producer, had to clear. We all sat down and cleared up the issue.”
The sudden ‘let bygones be bygone’ atmosphere seemed to be more of an attempt to hush up the controversy. The interesting part of the one-day affair is that Puri, it turns out, charges Rs 7 crore per film and poor Danayya just couldn’t cough up a little over half that amount.
Hence, the director’s Pokiri act, say Tollywood insiders.