Shobu Yarlagadda, who is one of the producers of "Baahubali", has revealed that he recently met the producers of Mahesh Babu's "Srimanthudu" and requested them to postpone its release date.
On Wednesday evening, the makers of "Srimanthudu", which was to release on 17 July, held a press meet, where they announced that they have decided to delay the release of their movie to avoid its clash with "Baahubali". They revealed that the film would release on 7 August, birthday treat to the fans of Mahesh Babu, who will turn 40 on 9 August.
But the buzz in the film nagar was that the release of "Srimanthudu" was postponed due to trade issues. It was rumoured that the distributors of the film, who bought its rights at fancy prices, were doubtful about its prospects as it would clash with "Baahubali" at the box office. Hence, they were said to have pressurised its producers to re-negotiate its prices.
"Baahubali" has been made with a whopping budget of ₹200 crore, which is a record in the Telugu film industry. It is slated to release on 10 July. Since "Srimanthudu" was initially slated to hit the screens on 17 July, the "Baahubali" makers were scared incurring huge losses. So, they requested the makers of the Mahesh Babu starrer to delay its release date.
Shobu Yarlagadda was surprised to see the rumours about the postponement of the release of "Srimanthudu". On Thursday morning, the producer took to his Twitter page to clear the air. He tweeted, "@BaahubaliMovie release date is not only compelled by post production works but also by our buyers and distributors across 4 languages."
Besides explaining the reason, Shobu Yarlagadda also thanked the producers of "Srimanthudu". He wrote, "I met #Srimanthudu producers some time back n explained our situation. I requested them to consider moving their release date if possible We thank #Srimanthudu Producers, Director and Mahesh Babu for understanding and maintaining a healthy relationship in the industry. (sic)"