Mahesh babu was the initial choice for the forthcoming science fiction adventure story 24 Film. However, Mahesh had turned down the offer since he did not like the Second Half of the Film. Then, Vikram Kumar approached Suriya who accepted to do the film.
This is the 2nd time Suriya accepted a movie that was really rejected by Mahesh babu. Previously, Tamil director Lingusamy approached Mahesh babu with an action story. when Mahesh babu said no, Lingusamy created the film Sikandar (Anjaan in Tamil) with Suriya.
It is learnt that, Mahesh babu really loved the first half 24. But, he wasn’t too convinced with the second half. though the Srimanthudu star likes experimenting with innovative scripts, he refused 24, since he found loopholes in the script.
Director Vikram Kumar is known for narrating difficult stories in easy manner and Nagarjuna’s Manam is that the best example. In fact, Mahesh showed interest to team up with the director, however things did not take place.
Meanwhile, 24, the film that shows Suriya in triple roles- as elder brother, younger brother and son of elder brother is scheduled for release on Apr 14th 2016.