While there have been innumerable releases that mark their magic on the silver screens every year, however, only a handful of them can create their long-lasting effect on the minds of people.
While some of them turn out to be successful post their releases, there have been times when the strong presence due to some scenes or item numbers in the film garnered them a huge hype amongst the audiences.
Talking about the recent releases, in particular, the Telugu-language action drama film Pushpa: The Rise – Part 01 added to the set of some brilliant franchises that have been gaining high praises across the country.
Starring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandannav in the lead roles with various other prominent actors inside roles, this film started receiving praises for Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s special
item number in the film that created huge excitement amongst the fans to watch this film. Receiving a mixed response from the critics, the film became the highest-grossing film of the year 2021 and made a business of est. ₹342 crores at the box office.
We certainly do not want to give any spoilers for those who still haven’t binge-watched this film. Rather, let’s have a look at some of the popular actors and actresses who turned down to be part of the film. Let’s have a look:
Disha Patani – For song “Oo Antava”
The first-ever appearance of this actress in the Bollywood blockbuster MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was enough to drool over this stunning actress. Turning into a national crush for Indian audiences right after her debut film, the actress bagged immense fame and popularity.
While the actress has marked her appearance in various other projects, it would have been highly interesting to see her perform on the item number in the film.
Approached for performing as a lead in the most popular song of the film, Oo Antava, the actress denied the same and it eventually went to Samantha who brilliantly nailed her performance.
Due to a hefty amount demanded by the actress Disha Patani for this item song, the makers could not finalize her for performing in the song.
Pooja Hegde – For female lead
The stunning actress Pooja Hegde was also approached to play the female lead in the film. However, following her other commitments, the actress could not take up the role and it eventually went to Rashmika Mandannav. As per some reports, the dates for this film clashed with her other project – Radhe Shyam.
Starring opposite Prabhas in the film, Pooja had no option but to turn down this classic role. Imagine seeing her in the titular role? Would it have been even better if she would have agreed to play the part? Do let us know in the comments section!
Vijay Sethupathi – for SP Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat IPS
Brilliantly acing the feisty character of a Police officer, the actor Fahadh Faasil did an outstanding job in the film. While we certainly do not doubt any other actor playing this role to utmost perfection, this role was initially offered to the Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi who could not take up the project due to the non-availability of dates.
Unable to accommodate dates from his busy schedule for this project, the actor rejected the role following which, the director, Sukumar went on to approach Bengali actor Jishu Sengupta for the same.
After returning hopeless from there as well, the director later approached Telugu star Nara Rohit and after him rejecting the role, the makers finally got a sigh of relief with actor Vijay Sethupathi agreeing to play the role.
Mahesh Babu – for the titular role of Pushpa
The prince and one of the most influential actors of Tollywood, the actor Mahesh Babu was approached to play the titular role of Pushpa in the film.
Being the first choice of the makers for this role, the actor broke the hearts of makers by rejecting the role stating the character does not align with his personality.
Not keen to experiment on his appearance for the gray-shaded character, the actor denied playing the part of Pushpa post which went to Allu Arjun.
Nora Fatehi – for song, Oo Antava
No one can ever match the level of performing an item number when it comes to Nora! Right!? Helmed as the queen of various popular item numbers, Nora has emerged as one of the finest performers in the industry.
While it would have been a delightful experience to see her performing in the popular item number Oo Antava, the idea could not materialize after Nora demanded a hefty amount for the song.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu – For the female lead
Yes, despite being approached for playing just an item number in the film, the Tollywood actress, Samantha Ruth Prabhu was rather initially approached to play the female lead character of Srivalli in the film.
However, raving the audiences with her ravishing performance and slaying looks in the item number, Oo Antava, Samantha stole the show.
While the reason behind her not performing the lead role remains unknown, the actress Rashmika Mandanna was later finalized for the role.