Anushka was first choice for Chandi: V Samudra

Southern top actress Anushka Shetty was originally considered for the role essayed by Priya Mani in Telugu revenge-drama "Chandi", which was screened yesterday. But the makers are content with Priyamani's performance in the film.


"Since it being a revenge drama with lot of action in the movie, we wanted to cast Anushka because she is well known for the action avatar in films which has been potrayed by the movie Arundhati. But things didn’t go as planned so we finally moved to Priya, who did a splendid job of playing her role with an utmost ease," V. Samudra, said the film director.


"Priya learnt archery and swordfighting for the film. In fact, she even pulled off most stunt sequences on her own. Im sure her role will be a treat for her fans," he added.


Samudra says he based Priyas character on Indian freedom activist Alluri Seetarama Raju.


"People wouldnt really be interested in watching a periodic movie nowadays. Therefore, I designed the character thats imprinted with the ideologies of freedom activist Alluri Seetarama Raju in modern days life. Priya plays the role of the fourth generation daughter of Alluri in the film," he said.


"She also fights a battle but this time against corrupt politicians who use government sanctioned lands for their personal use," added Samudra.


The film, produced by Sreenu Babu, also features Krishnam Raju and Sarath Kumar essayed in some important roles.

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