Following the restraining orders issued by the City Civil Court in Hyderabad to stop the screening of actor Vijay's much-awaited movie Leo on October 19 in Telugu States, producer Suryadevara Naga Vamsi responded on it stating that the issue is being amicably sorted and the Telugu version will be released in the Telugu States as per schedule.
Speaking to media persons on Tuesday, producer Naga Vamsi, who acquired the distribution rights of 'Leo' in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said optimism that 'Leo' would entertain audiences in theatres until Dasara. "Today at noon, there was a slight miscommunication took place when a person approached the court instead of approaching us. He claimed that the title Leo was already registered somewhere in Vijayawada. We've identified the problem and it is being sorted in an amicable manner. The title has been registered and the film has been censored too. We've mutually agreed to sort out the issue because the person who registered it shouldn't be at a loss and the film should arrive in theatres as per the schedule. So, there will be no further impediment for the release of the Telugu version of Leo," he added.
Can we see a collaboration with Tamil star Vijay soon in the future?
"Leo was not planned with a view of a film collaboration with Vijay. I will definitely make a movie with Vijay in the future. I took a shot thinking that Leo would be a hit given his mass fanbase all across the regions. Definitely, Lokesh Kanagaraj won't disappoint us."
Do you have any issues with theatres as two Telugu movies Bhagavanth Kesari and Tiger Nageswara Rao are being released on the same dates?
"I already told this during the press meet of 'Mad'. I have no issues with the theatres in the Telugu States. Theatres have been sorted for Nandamuri Balakrishna's film Bhagavanth Kesari, there are plenty for Ravi Teja garu's film. And Leo too has considerable theatres. I hope Telugu films will become a massive hit."
Produced by Lalit Kumar and Jagadish Palanisamy, Leo is helmed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, and the screenplay was co-written by Lokesh, Rathna Kumar, and Deeraj Vaidy. Starring Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, actress Trisha Krishnan, Arjun, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mysskin, Priya Anand, Babu Antony, Manobala and George Maryan among other actors in key roles, the film raised massive expectations among fans. The runtime of Leo is 2 hours and 44 minutes.
If you recall, the Film Chambers has once resolved that dubbed films should be given second priority. Will Leo be considered a dubbed film in this case?
"See, post-COVID-19, the scenario has been changed. There are no limitations in place. There is no Telugu film or Tamil film as such. Audiences welcome any film that has great content. If you observe, LeoTelugu is trending on Twitter. The advance bookings of Leo in the Telugu States have surpassed the Telugu flicks. You can imagine the craze."
Naga Vamsi said that Leo cast Trisha, Anirudh and director Lokesh Kanagaraj are expected to arrive in Hyderabad for the film promotions soon this week.