Gemini Film Circuit and Shankar had initially signed up Vijay to do the Tamil version of the blockbuster Aamir Khan's Rajkumar Hirani directed 3 Idiots. Later Vijay walked out of the film sighting 'date reasons' and various rumours. At that time, Suriya was roped into the project. Suriya's condition for doing the film was his salary (rumoured to be Rs 12 Crore) plus the Telugu dubbing rights (around Rs10 Crore). GFC was not willing to give the dubbing rights as they hold the 3 Idiots remake rights for Telugu and was planning to do it with Mahesh Babu. So, they came to Vijay again. This time Vijay accepted the offer even without any condition and gave his dates from February 7th.
Story first published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:12 [IST]