Lingusamy, who directed films like Sandakkozhi (2005), Ji (2005), Run (2002) and Aanandham (2001), announced his venture Payya sometime back to be produced by his brother Bose.
This news became a talking point in the film circles as it featured Nayanatara, who demanded a remuneration of Rs 1 Crore. Lingusamy and his brother agreed to pay the remuneration and called the actress for a photo session in September. Nayanatara also agreed to give bulk dates.
Now, according to industry sources, Nayanatara is said to have dropped from the project since the makers of Payya started re-negotiating her remuneration. The actress is said to have refused to reduce her fee.
Lingusamy and Bose are now on the look-out for a suitable replacement for Nayanatara.