Director Bala is one of the protégés of late cinematographer and director Balu Mahendra. In fact, he was with Balu Mahendra when he was hospitalised and after his death, Bala was there all through till the cremation was done.

The entire film industry made way to Balu Mahendra’s school to pay homage to the departed soul but Ajith was conspicuous by his absence. When enquired about this, we came to know that Ajith did not want to go there as he did not want to meet Bala. It may be mentioned here that Ajith was Bala’s initial choice to play the lead role in Naan Kadavul and the actor had waited for nearly two years with the long hair and beard get-up. But for some reason the director unceremoniously dumped him and roped in Arya. Since then, Bala and Ajith are not in good terms, say sources.