When asked about how he would respond to the comments in the industry circles that “Patel Sir” would had been bigger had he cast Balakrishna as the protagonist, Sai thinks for a moment and answers, “What can I say to it? Even now, the film would be in a big range. You (media) would agree with me once you watch the film tomorrow. Jagapathi Babu has shown his versatility. Even this film would become big.”
Sai has smartly managed the situation. But given the fact that he has very good rapport with Balakrishna (for whom he co-produced blockbuster Legend), many still believe that Balayya would had been made big difference to film in terms of trade, pre-release business and openings.
But now that Sai has Jagapathi Babu on board and the film is all set for release tomorrow, it needs to be seen how the film would open in cinemas. Even Jagapathi Babu is not a bad option. Let’s wait and see whether Sai has got it right again or not. For now, the curiosity continues.