Any actor, when offered a plum role, will grab it with both hands. However Tollywood beauties are playing waiting games even after giving dates to the filmmakers.
Not only star actresses Tamanna, Anushka, Shruti Haasan, Kajal even the young actresses like Regina Cassandra, Sai Pallavi, Taapsee Pannu, etc., are keeping the filmmakers waiting.
Taapsee took more than a year to give the green signal for horror comedy Anando Brahma directed by Mahi V Raghav. Taapsee says “When I heard the narration, I found my role to be very interesting and believed that the script had the potential to be a winner at the box office. But I just did not have the dates to accommodate and that’s the reason for the delay. I was committed to Pink and other projects. But I’m really pleased that Mahi waited for me for a year, and that I could make it,”
Even Sai Pallavi who attracted with Premam kept Venu Sriram waiting for more than five months before giving green signal to MCA — Middle Class Abbayi. Venu Sriram shares “We wanted to cast a new face and approached Sai Pallavi in December last year. Since she is also gaining popularity in the South and was busy, we had to wait for her,”
Regina Cassandra too gave green signal to J Achyutananda after taking more than three months. Regina shares “Avasarala narrated the script to me over the phone in January last year. But I wanted to listen to the script in person. As I was constantly shooting in Chennai, we could not zero in on a date, prompting a long delay,” She adds “In the meantime, various people tried to coax me into listening to the script, explaining that I shouldn’t miss the project.”
Madonna Sebastian took a long time before giving green signal to make her debut with Premam. Chandu Mondeti says “We fell in love with her character in the original version (Malayalam). We didn’t want to disturb the naturality in her character for the Telugu remake, so we had to wait for her to come on board,”
Director Mahi adds “The reason I did not pitch the story to anybody else, but Taapsee, was because I did not have a producer. When things were set, she got busy with Bollywood projects. I believed Taapsee can shoulder a movie on her own and promote the film, which is one of the reasons why I waited for her.”
Veligonda Srinivas says “If actresses find their roles interesting, they pull all stops to be part of the film. But sometimes their earlier commitments may not allow them to sign new projects. They consider the success rate and who their co-stars are while signing.”