It is reported that actress Anushka turned down the offer to play veteran actress Banumathi in the upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual Mahanati, a biopic on veteran actress Savitri with Keerthy Suresh essaying the veteran actress’ haracter.
Samantha Akkineni, who had earlier been signed up to play Banumathi, reportedly backtracked after her marriage with Tollywood’s Naga Chaitanya in October last year to play Banumathi’s character. Samantha, however, is part of the film as she plays a journalist. Dulquer Salmaan plays Gemini Ganesah, husband of late Savitri, in the film which has music by Mickey J Meyer.
Anushka was approached by director Nag Ashwin to play Banumathi in the film but she apparently turned down the role as it was only an ‘extended guest appearance’ and not the actual protagonist’s role.
The actress, who had played with aplomb the female protagonist in films such as Arundhati, Rudramadevi, Baahubali and Bhaagamathie, has decided only to play woman-centric characters in films and this is said to be the reason for turning down the offer to play Banumathi in Mahanati.