The buzz is that Mahesh Babu has preferred Krish, who is gearing up for the release of Ongaram starring Rana Daggubati and Nayantara, to Gautham Menon. The actor is all set to make a Tamil debut in a bilingual film, which will be first straight Tamil film of the Telugu superstar. The work on the project is on and it is expected to take off in April or May 2013. The news has been confirmed by leading Telugu producer Ashwini Dutt.
However, Gautham Menon has recently said that he approached Mahesh Babu to play the lead in Yohan and the actor had reportedly given a nod to star in the film. It was reported that Gautham and Mahesh would start the project once they complete their pending films. Earlier, the film was offered to Vijay who walked out of the film over some creative differences with the filmmaker.