No hero in Tamil film industry (for that matter, in any film industry) comes forward to reduce his fee even if his successive films fail to click big-time at the box-office. Vijay didn’t do so when faced with a similar situation when he delivered a string of failures starting with Aadhi till Vettaikkaran. It now appears to be Vikram’s turn to do so.
Vikram had two releases last year in Vijay’s Deivathirumagal (which had Anushka and Amala Paul) and Suseendhiran’s Rajapattai opposite debutant Deeksha Seth. Despite the critical acclaim it received, Deivathirumagal didn’t click at the box-office. Ditto with Rajapattai, referred by many as the ‘worst’ film in Vikram’s acting career spanning more than a couple of decades.
Vikram, who plays the lead role in Vijay’s Thandavam opposite Anushka and Amy Jackson, didn’t realize the reality and was reportedly very adamant that the shooting schedule of the film be held in U.S. which would have cost the producer a lot. After convincing Vikram that it’d be better to shoot in Britain rather than U.S., the crew has now flown to London.
Only because of Vikram’s insistence in shooting abroad that the crew has flown to London as the sequences could have easily been shot in any city in the country, it is said. Apparently as part of his waning career, Vikram now finds himself out of director Shankar’s next film. Shankar, who wanted to cast Vikram in the lead, has reportedly undergone change of heart and approached Suriya to play the lead role.
A shocked Vikram reportedly reasoned it out with Shankar that he is still good enough to deliver hits on his own but Shankar didn’t relent, the sources say. He is likely to sign Suriya as the hero in the days to come.