Varisu is an upcoming drama film written and directed by Vamshi Paidipally. Produced by Dil Raju and Sirish under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations, the film stars Vijay and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The film was earlier scheduled to be released in theatres on 12 January 2023 during the occasion of Pongal/Sankranti but it looks like that is facing some problems. The Telugu Film Producers Council has objected to the film’s release and it is due to an agreement made by producer Dil Raju in 2019.
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As Dil Raju is backing Vijay‘s film and ensuring a big release in Telugu states, the Telugu Film Producers Council feels that it might affect original Telugu films in securing a good screen count. Vijay’s film is clashing with two Telugu highly-anticipated releases – Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya and Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with its dubbed Telugu version.
Objecting to Varisu’s release, the Telugu Film Producer’s Council has released a statement. It mentions that Dil Raju himself agreed in 2019 that original Telugu films should be given a free window during Sankranthi and Dussehra. Through this statement, the council has requested exhibitors in Telugu states to give preference to original Telugu films during the aforementioned festivals. As per the statement, the TFPC is of the opinion that Veera Simha Reddy and Waltair Veerayya must be given first priority and Dil Raju can choose to either postpone or prepone Vijay’s Varisu accordingly.