When R. Chandru named his first film Taj Mahal, there were some protests from Kannada film makers for giving a Hindi name to a Kannada film. But Taj Mahal is the name of India's proudest monument in Agra standing as a symbol of eternal love and the film was allowed to release with the same title. Taj Mahal featuring Pooja Gandhi and Ajay Rao went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2008, catapulting Chandru into the league of topline directors.
Chandru's upcoming film, also bearing a Hindi title (Prem Kahani) is invoking bigger protests this time. Chandru is in the final stages of finishing the film and is quite depressed at the criticisms regarding the title. He has already published the advertisements of the film and changing the title means spending more money on promos. Prem Kahani is produced by K.M. Vishwanath and G. Ravikumar, mine-owners from Bellary district.
Ilayaraja scores the music; choreography is by Madan Harini, Raghu, Imran and Harsha. Ajay and Sheela don the lead roles with Rangayana Raghu, sitting MLA from Mahalakshmi Layout, Ne. La. Narendra Babu, Rajesh, Sudha Belawadi, Lokanath, Mico Nagaraj and Tennis Krishna in the supporting cast.