Now that actor Jiiva’s latest film ‘KO’ has become one of the biggest money-spinners of recent times and is drawing crowds in huge numbers to the theatres across Chennai and elsewhere, attention has shifted to Simbu who was originally approached by K.V. Anand to play the lead role in the film. Due to some ‘difference of opinion’, Simbu opted out of the film last year and Jiiva stepped in as the last-minute replacement.
Even as Jiiva is getting accolades for his role, Simbu has been getting brick-bats on all possible social networking sites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Orcut, etc. A huge debate has been raging among Simbu’s fans with some of them questioning Simbu’s wisdom in rejecting such a ‘sure-fire’ script and the others defending their favourite star’s decision to opt out of the film to save his ‘self-respect’.
Simbu, meanwhile, is not at all amused at comments about a film starring ‘another hero’ flooding his social networking web-sites. Simbu has been frantically posting his view that it’s not ‘proper’ on the part of his fans to dissect a film not starring him and starring another hero. “No need for anyone to belittle the film. It’s entirely an actor’s prerogative to accept or refuse a particular film offer. I have been in this field for the past many years.
“So, I appeal to all my fans to stop this ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ debate at once. My ‘Vaanam’ is hitting the screens on the 29th of this month. I would be extremely happy if all you guys take time out to make the film a colossal success at the box-office; that’s my only request,” writes Simbu.
Will anyone listen to him?