Senior filmmakers seem to be having a tough time casting Mohanlal in their films. After Hariharan, it is Shaji N Karun who is going through a hard phase with his Mohanlal project, which was titled Gadha.
Mohanlal backed out of from Gadha due to undisclosed reasons and Shaji N Karun was forced to drop the project. The director himself revealed the news recently; but he refused to reveal why Mohanlal turned down the movie.
Gadha is a movie based on a short story, written by popular writer T Padmanabhan. The project was announced in 2012 and it was reported that some popular Kathak dancer will play the pivotal roles in the movie.
Grapevine suggests that, Mohanlal left the project, as the team couldn't afford his remuneration. Gadha is comparatively a big budget film and was going through some serious financial crisis; but Mohanlal was not willing to compromise.
It is also rumoured that the actor lost the interest in the movie, as Shaji N Karun's last few films failed to make a mark. But Shaji refused to comment on the reports and revealed that he is to resume the project with another actor soon.
Mohanlal won his second National Award for Best Actor, for the movie Vanaprastham, which was directed by Shaji N Karun. The movie had also won the Golden Lotus Award for the Best Feature Film, in the National Film Awards of 1999.