“I was miffed at the producers for making ‘KGF: Chapter 1’ a pan-Indian film: Prashanth Neel | Kannada Movie News
However, they were not met with an immediate deal from director Prashanth Neel who, having only directed his second film, was upset by the pan-Indian outlook of “KGF: Chapter 1”. In a recent interview with a TV news channel, Neel spoke about the creation of the “franchise” and how it exploded globally despite his strong reservations against it.
“The attempt from the beginning was to make a film based on the story only and nothing else. We had to decide later to split it into two parts because budgets increased during the making of ‘Chapter 1’ and it didn’t. It made sense to put all the commercial responsibility on that one movie. And what I learned from the “Baahubali” movies is that that model works well creatively and we flagged “Chapter 2” after that. However, the makers thought that our movie too can be a “pan-Indian” movie and they pursued that with tremendous rigor. I was not in favor of that decision because that the pan-Indian conversation had never been discussed before and I was not ready. I was angry with them for months before the release of ‘Chapter 1’ (sic),” Prashanth Neel said in the interview. .
When asked why he wasn’t so eager to take the film to the next level, Neel replied, “You see, for Kannada film audiences, Yash is a massive superstar and he’s built into the film. for the local crowd because they know However, for the rest of the audience across India, ‘KGF: Chapter 1’ is practically his first film and I dreaded how they would receive all the heroism and buildup that he’s in the movie. I even recommended that we do another project for the pan-India market and when they didn’t budge, I wanted to quit as director. But, looking back, I feel like the decision they made at that time wasn’t just meant for Yash but for all of us. I’m glad it all turned out that way (sic)”.