What! Samantha Akkineni Rejected Allu Arjun Starrer Pushpa

Not Rashmika Mandanna, Samantha Akkineni was the first choice to star in Pushpa.

Stylish star Allu Arjun’s upcoming film Pushpa is without a doubt one of the most anticipated Telugu movies. Prior to Pushpa, Allu Arjun and Sukumar had worked in Arya (2004), Arya 2 (2009) and the short film I Am That Change (2014). Pushpa would be Allu Arjun’s first Pan-Indian film as it will be released in five languages Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada.

Everyone knows Kannada beauty Rashmika Mandana has been roped in to play female lead in Pushpa. But, only a few people know that Rashmika was not the first choice. Yes, you read that right! Before the Sarileru Neekevvaru actress was approached to play female lead against Allu Ajun in Pushpa, Sukumar wanted to cast Samantha Akkineni to play the female lead.

However, Samantha Akkineni — who had worked with Sukumar in Ranagasthalam —had turned down the offer to star in Allu Arjun starrer, Pushpa.

Earlier it was reported that Allu Arjun has decided to cut his remuneration for Pushpa. If anything to go by the latest buzz, Allu Arjun —  who was supposed to be paid staggering Rs 50 crore for Pusha — will now taken home only Rs 35 crore.

Touted to be as a crime thriller, Pushpa will depict the story of a smuggler who is master in red sanders smuggling.

Directed by Sukumar and Produced by Y Naveen, and Y Ravi Shankar under the banner of Mythri Movies Makers and Muttamsetty Media, the film stars Rashmika Mandanna as the female lead. Besides the lead actors, the magnum opus will also have Jagapathi Babu, Vennela Kishore, Harish Uthaman, Anasuya Bharadwaj, and Anish Kuruvilla in the supporting roles.

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