This was a project that Sathish and Yogi were to do before the pandemic. Instead, Sathish did Petromax with the director.
Back in 2019, director Vijaya Prasad, of Neer Dose fame, had released a teaser for an upcoming project called Parimala Lodge, featuring Sathish Ninasam, Suman Ranganath, Loose Mada Yogi, Bullet Prakash and Dattanna. The teaser, which played out at a police station, with these actors bringing various complaints to the station in-charge played by Dattanna, also referred to the titular lodge in passing.
In the time since, though, Vijaya Prasad chose to make another film, Petromax, with Sathish Ninasam and Hariprriya in the lead, which is now complete and ready for release, as is the director’s earlier project Thotapuri, with Jaggesh, Dhananjaya, Aditi Prabhudev and Suman in pivotal roles, which is coming out in two parts.
Well, now that both Thotapuri and Petromax are done and dusted, and awaiting their date with audiences, the filmmaker is apparently revisiting Parimala Lodge. According to reports Vijaya Prasad’s film will have now have a considerable change of cast. For starters, Sathish Ninasam will not be a part of the film anymore, with Yogi set to headline it. This comes only days after the director-actor combo announced their intention of reuniting for the sequel to their first collaboration, the 2012 Siddlingu. The filmmaker will also have to recast for the role meant for Bullet Prakash, since the actor passed away last year.
Right now, it is unclear why Sathish is not a part of the film anymore, considering that Vijaya Prasad tends to repeat actors he has worked with. While Yogi did Siddlingu with him earlier, Hariprriya was a part of Neer Dose and then did Petromax and Suman Ranganath is in Thotapuri. In fact, Parimala Lodge will be the director’s second film with Neer Dose producer Prasanna.
In the meantime, word is that Thotapuri 1 and 2 will release in November and December respectively this year. More on this later, when we have further details.