The dubbed version of the 2020 blockbuster was supposed to be released in theatres on Republic Day (January 26) following the huge success of the actor’s latest film Pushpa.
However, an official Hindi remake of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, titled Shehzada, is also in the works. Allu Aravind and S Radha Krishna, producers of the 2020 original, are co-producing the remake, which will feature Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.
Goldmines Telefilms, the distributors who were set to release the Hindi dubbed version, released a statement on social media, saying, “Manish Shah, promoter of Goldmines, along with the makers of Shehzada have jointly decided to withdraw the theatrical release of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Hindi version. Shehzada makers are thankful to Manish Shah for agreeing to the same.”
This announcement comes after reports said that Allu Aravind intervened to stop Manish Shah from releasing the dubbed movie in theatres to save the box office prospects of the remake.
Shehzada is directed by Rohit Dhawan and co-produced by Aman Gill and Bhushan Kumar along with Allu Aravind and Radha Krishna. The film will also feature Manisha Koirala and Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles.
Although the Hindi dubbed version of the Allu Arjun-starrer is not getting a theatrical release, the distributors took to Instagram and announced that the film will premiere on Dhinchaak TV, a Hindi movie channel owned by Goldmines Telefilms. “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo will not open in cinemas. However, to honour fans, we are excited to announce the release of this highly anticipated film on Dhinchaak, India’s leading movie channel, a Goldmines venture, on February 6,” the post read.
“How can I disappoint Allu Arjun fans? I have only agreed not to release the film in cinemas as there were requests and concerns over Shehzada getting affected. But I will definitely have a television premiere of the film very soon. Please wait for the announcement,” Shah had earlier told ETimes.