Lakshmi Rai, who played a small role in Mankatha, has said that director Venkat Prabhu wanted her for Trisha’s role but she rejected the offer because the role she played now had two songs and more scenes.
But Venkat Prabhu has denied this. He has said Lakshmi Rai was signed up to play the role of Ashwin’s wife and was paid the advance amount. When it was decided that Ajith would star in the film, he had made a lot of changes to the original script and Lakshmi Rai was offered the role she did now.
Lakshmi Rai was not offered Trisha’s role, he confirmed. All that Trisha had to say was that she got to play Ajith’s pair in the film and that is all that mattered now.