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Ace director Priyadarshan, who is busy with the Hindi version of the Malayalam super hit Katha Parayumpol with Shahrukh Khan, has lashed out at P. Vasu, director of latest Tamil version Kuselan (Kathanayukudu in Telugu), saying the essence of the original Malayalam film Katha Parayumbol is missing in the Tamil version.
Priyadarshan feels Vasu has messed up the plot by giving more importance to Rajinikanth"s superstar character. The trouble with Kuselan is that it was made out to be a larger-than-life Rajinikanth film which it was not and introduction of characters that were not there in the original. As a result, the focus of the story shifted from the main character Pasupathy, done brilliantly by Sreenivasan in the original, he said.
He added that the Hindi version Billoo Barber would follow the original version of Katha Parayumbol. "Though my film also stars a superstar (Shahrukh Khan) as a superstar, I've nowhere tried to increase his role or heighten the impact of his presence. I'm not that kind of filmmaker."
Priyadarshan said that in Billoo Barber, Shahrukh Khan would appear only towards the climax of the film. "My hero is Irrfan Khan, who plays the role of Sreenivasan. I have not tried to heighten the impact of SRK or to glorify him."