Debut actor Maitreya, son of financier Raghunandan, has reportedly signed a film with director GNR Kumara Velan of Ninaithaley Inikkum fame. Kumara Velan was the writer of Psycho, the film that was recently stopped by the Madras High Court after its director Myyskin broke an agreement promising to cast Maitreya as the lead.
The new film with Kumara Velan as its director is said to have a strong message. Actor Maitreya says in a Daily Thanthi report, “GNR Kumara Velan came to me with a new script, and I liked it when he narrated it. The film will be liked by all. It is in pre-production stages now, and will go on floors soon.”
Last month, Ragunandan had accused Myyskin for starting shoot for the crime-thriller Psycho with Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead. He alleged that as per an agreement signed with Mysskin in 2015, he made a payment of Rs 1 crore to the director. The agreement stated that the film will star Maitreya in the lead, and will release in April 2016.
In October, Raghunandan got an interim injunction from Madras High Court restraining Mysskin from directing or releasing any film with a story line similar to what was narrated to him. When the case came up for hearing at the Madras HC, the court banned Mysskin from directing or releasing any crime thriller.
Maitreya responds to this in the Daily Thanthi report, and says, “The script which Kumara Velan told us earlier was about a blind hero. I loved the script and I decided to work on it. My father came forward to produce the film. We chose Mysskin to direct the film for a salary of Rs 3 crore. We also gave Rs 1 crore as advance.”
“But Mysskin did not keep his promise. He directed the film with Udhaiyanidhi Stalin in the lead. He hasn’t returned the advance either, and we had to file a suit against him. So the court ordered an injunction banning Mysskin from directing thriller films.”