The audio launch of Shankar’s upcoming film Nanban starring Vijay, Ileana,Jeeva, Srikkanth and Anuya was held last week at Coimbatore. The film, which is the Tamil version of the Bollywood super-hit film 3 Idiots, has been in the making for quite some time and is likely to be released on Pongal eve in January.
The absence of Tollywood’s Ileana at the audio launch didn’t go unnoticed by many. For the record, Ileana debuted as heroine in Tamil films with Kedi some years back. The film, which had 7G Rainbow Colony fame Ravikrishna as the hero, incidentally had Tamannaah in a negative role. After the film bombed at the box-office, the curvaceous Ileana started concentrating on Tollywood and soon found herself among the top actresses.
Nanban is actually her comeback film in Tamil for which she has reportedly been paid little over Re.1 crore. Ileana’s PRO has said that she couldn’t make it to the launch as she was down with flu. The actress who has been shuttling between Chennai and Hyderabad to fulfill her Tamil and Telugu film assignments, got affected with flu due to her non-stop work schedule, he said.
“Though she desperately wanted to register her presence at the event, she couldn’t do so as she remained indisposed due to illness. She is recovering now and is likely to be back on track by next week,” he added. Nanban has music by Harris Jayaraj and has been produced by Gemini Film Circuit.