Surprisingly enough, the lanky Anushka Shetty a.k.a. Anushka has said a categorical ‘no’ to an offer to pair up opposite Prabhas in the latter’s debut Bollywood film Saaho.
It is no known whether Anushka pre-empted the producer’s announcement dropping her by stating on her own that she was opting out of the film due to ‘dates’ issues. The actress, who is in her mid-thirties, was rumoured to be in love with Prabhas, her co-star of films such as Billa, Mirchi, Baahubali and Baahubali 2. Fans, who had come to like the duo’s on-screen chemistry, wanted them to pair up in real life too!
Anushka reportedly consulted many dietitians and even went to U.S. to try to shed the extra flab that she purposely put on in 2015 for her role in Size Zero (Inji Iduppazhagi in Tamil). All those efforts proved futile as she couldn’t shed the extra kilos that she had so carefully accumulated.
Anushka’s argument is that she has agreed to play the lead role in an upcoming (untitled) Tamil film which won’t permit her to allot dates for the shoot of Saaho. Anushka’s opting out of the film has resulted in the curvaceous 26-year old Pooja Hegde, who debuted as heroine in Hindi films with last year’s Mohenjo Daro, getting her second Hindi film.
Neil Nitin Mukesh (remember the antagonist in Vijay’s Kaththi?), who plays the villain in the film, has said that he was happy to be starring alongside Prabhas.