Balakrishna, Krishna Vamsi
Balakrishna, Krishna VamsiCollage of photos taken from Twitter and Facebook

Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna's 100th film has reportedly forced director Krishna Vamsi to delay the production of his upcoming movie "Rudraksha," which was to go on the floors from June.

After the release of "Govindudu Andarivadele," Krishna Vamsi announced to start the work on his next project titled "Rudraksha." Since then the film has been making headlines for one or other reason. It is rumoured to be the costliest film directed by Krishna Vamsi and it was to go on the floors in May or June.

The buzz in the industry is that Krishna Vamsi has put the production of "Rudraksha" on hold for Balakrishna. "Krishna Vamsi has been roped in to direct Balakrishna's 100th film. Although he was supposed to finish 'Rudraksha' first, he has apparently postponed it to start work on Balakrishna's film. The pre-production work is already underway," a source close to the director told IANS.

Krishna Vamsi was reportedly one of the top five contenders who were considered for directing Balakrishna's 100th film. "Krishna Vamsi has been planning to work with Balakrishna for a very long time. He even readied a script long back and when it was narrated to Balakrishna last month, he immediately expressed his interest to work in the film," the source added.

"Rudraksha" is touted be a Telugu horror fantasy film, which is bankrolled by producer Dil Raju. Initially, the makers had approached actress Anushka Shetty for the lead role in the film. She was said to be impressed with the script, but she could not arrange her dates for the project as she was busy with "Baahubali 2." So they had to rope in Samantha for the role.