Director Puri Jagannadh while answering the question 'Why Did Chiranjeevi Say No to Puri Jagannadh For His 150th Movie?', he said he wanted to make such a film which inspired him to become a director, and for which he used to stand in line for getting tickets and told him the title as Auto Johny which Chiranjeevi liked. Later many of his close circle advised Chiranjeevi to do a message oriented film like Tagore as it is a comeback film for him after 10 years gap. Thus Chiranjeevi said no to his movie, says Puri. He said he met Chiranjeevi twice after Chiru said no to him.