10 Highly Rumored And Interesting Hero-Director Combinations That Never Took Off

It is but natural that hero-director rumors take the strongest precedence in movie gossips, across the film industry. Sandalwood is also not far behind in this, as very often, we come across plenty of prospective hero-director combinations.

While a few of them turn out to be true and go on floors, a few, rather a majority of them, stay as rumors. In this article, we talk about 10 such extremely interesting and highly rumored hero-director combinations that never took off, till now.


Sudeep – Yograj Bhat

Although the duo had worked long back in Ranga SSLC, the outcome then was unsatisfactory. Later, both these stars tried to collaborate and there were even strong rumors about the combination taking off. But, until now, there is no news about the film.

Puneeth Rajkumar – Prashanth Neel

Of the actors who were rumored to be part of Neel’s project after ‘Ugramm’, Puneeth stood at the top of the list. The combination was very close to an official announcement, but it never came about.

Sudeep – Rakshit Shetty

‘Thugs of Malgudi’ is a big question mark in Sandalwood. No one knows when it would happen, and this is unfortunate because the combination looked absolutely delicious.


Puneeth Rajkumar – Anup Bhandari

This combination even had sorts of an official announcement. Even Anup’s brother, Nirup, was supposed to act in the movie. But, unfortunately, there is no news of it as yet.

Sudeep – Prashanth Neel

It was the time when Sudeep had become a pan-India star and Neel was looking for his next after ‘Ugramm’. Several news articles said that these two were coming together.

Ganesh – Pawan Kumar

Right after Lucia, Pawan Kumar had announced his next movie called ‘Nicotine’. There were speculations that Ganesh had been chosen to star in this film. While the actor-director combination is yet to come off, the duo is acting together in Gaalipata-2.


Puneeth Rajkumar – Rishabh Shetty

Soon after Rishabh completed ‘Kirik Party’, speculations were rife that he would team up with Puneeth. However, the combination has not kicked off, and it looks unlikely, at least in the near future.

Rishi – Yograj Bhat

Yograj Bhat had cast rising star Rishi as one of the three friends in Gaalipata-2. But then, Ganesh and Diganth came back into the franchise, thereby putting the full stop to this combo. Nevertheless, this interesting partnership can still occur in the future.

Guruprasad – Yogesh

When the two finished a reality show together, several rumors cropped up saying the two would collaborate for a film. It has not happened but after seeing Yogesh do well in ‘Sidlingu’, this alliance might actually be a pleasant one.


Sudeep – Rishabh Shetty

Well, after Thugs of Malgudi with Rakshit Shetty was not coming off, plenty of media sites started reporting that Rishabh would take over the duties. That too has not happened to date.