Kushi was a much talked about film for Vijay under the direction of S J Suryah. The film earned good reviews across the media and was praised for its unique treatment of the script. Subsequently Suryah-Vijay combination was said to come together again for
'Puli'. But for unknown reasons the project got shelved and Vijay and Suryah got busier in their respective tracks. Kollywood sources alleged that Vijay recommended a few changes in Puli which were not acceptable for Suryah.
Now, Puli is being revived in Telugu with Pawan Kalyan in the lead role. The interesting fact about the Telugu project is that Pawan has accepted the script of Suryah as such and is said to be quite happy about the same. When Suryah was quizzed on this he replied, "The script is exactly the way I had created and there is no change whatsoever". Telugu Puli is being produced by Ramesh whose earlier venture in production was Pokkiri.