Tollywood Superstars and the hit films they rejected.
ome movies become classic hits not only because of the storyline but also because of the actors who impress the audiences with their excellent acting. But sometimes it turns out that the actor who won the accolades for his performance was not the first choice of the director. Few films are initially approached to some other actors and on rejection the script lands in hand of the other actor. Here is a list of some Tollywood superstars and the films that they rejected...
The tremendous hit of 2018 Rx100 directed by Ajay Bhupathi first showed an interest on casting Vijay Devarakonda and Sudheer Babu but things didn’t work out. Later he got “Kartikeya Gummakonda” pictures through a common friend. He was very impressed with his look and was convinced that he found the protagonist for the powerful role. He cast him as the lead for his directorial debut. It became a huge hit.
The 2017 super-hit film Arjun Reddy starring Vijay Devarakonda & Salini Pandey in lead roles was first offered to Telugu star Allu Arjun but he rejected it due to date problems. Arjun Reddy is a blockbuster directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga which has bagged him huge craze in the youth audience.
Ravi Teja's role in 2002 superhit film Idiot was first offered to Pawan Kalyan. The film which was directed by Puri Jagannadh proved a boon for Ravi Teja. The reason due to which Pawan Kalyan rejected the film is only known to him, but he definitely lost a hit film from his kitty. The film was such a big hit that it was remade in Tamil and Bengali as Dum and Priya Amar Priya respectively.
Hot and dashing Suriya is the superstar of South Indian film industry. The actor also rejected few films, one of which was the 2012 Mahesh Babu starrer Businessman. The superhit film is directed by Puri Jagannadh and also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj and Sayaji Shinde in vital roles. Ram Gopal Verma first signed Surya as a lead in the film. Reportedly, the film's production was expected to begin in October 2010. But Suriya was completing his part in his film 7aum Arivu which was scheduled for release in the summer of 2011. Since Puri Jagannadh wanted to begin in September 2010, Mahesh Babu bagged the lead role in the film. The film became commercially successful and was one of the highest grossing Telugu films of 2012.
Ye Maaya Chesave, a 2010 film starring Naga Chaintanya and Samantha in the lead roles and directed by Gautham Menon, was a super-hit romantic Telugu film. The film and the actors were appreciated for their performances and also won several awards for the same. But Naga Chaitanya was not the first choice for the film. Mahesh Babu was Gautham Menon's first choice for the lead role in the film. According to cinedust.in, Mahesh Babu refused to work in the film because he didn't find the script quite impressive and he didn't consider himself perfect for the role.
The 2004 super-hit film Arya starring Allu Arjun and Anu Mehta in lead roles was first offered to Telugu star Junior NTR. According to iluvcinema.in, Junior NTR rejected this film due to unavailability of dates. Junior NTR's rejection proved beneficial to Allu Arjun and also gave Allu Arjun a new identity as a performer. Reportedly, Arya is considered a class apart and one of the most entertaining films of Tollywood.
The 2013 hit romantic film Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu directed by Gautham Menon was first offered to Ram Charan. Nani and Samantha were appreciated for their performances and the film turned out to be a hit. Reportedly, Ram was replaced in the film by Nani, as the actor walked out from the project due to some unknown disputes.