Prabhas said: " 'Student No.1' had already released by then but I really didn't like the film even though its a big hit. Please, don't take it in a wrong way! While I was shooting for 'Varsham', 'Simhadri' got released and I heard it's a biggest blockbuster. One fine day, Tarak invited me for the preview and I was spellbound watching it. I regretted missing an opportunity to work with Rajamouli and thought I won't get the chance again".