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Dil Raju on 20 years of Arya – Not Allu Arjun but THIS star was the first choice to play the lead

As Allu Arjun's Arya completed 20 years, a grand bash was held in Hyderabad on May 7, 2024. The entire cast and crew of the film attended the event. 

Dil Raju on 20 years of Arya – Not Allu Arjun but THIS star was the first choice to play the lead

Dil Raju at 20 years of Arya event

Last Updated: 09.27 AM, May 08, 2024


Allu Arjun is on top of his game with back-to-back hits in his career. He is now busy with the shooting of his new film Pushpa 2, which is all set to hit the screens on August 15, 2024. On May 7, 2024, Allu Arjun's second film, Arya, completed 20 years, and on this occasion, the makers hosted a grand bash, and the entire team of Arya attended the event.

Dil Raju on casting Allu Arjun in Arya

Arya was produced by Dil Raju. He revealed that Sukumar wanted Prabhas to do the film and even narrated the subject to the Baahubali star. But Dil Raju felt that Prabhas would not suit the role and took the film to Allu Arjun, and the rest is history. But Dil Raju kept his promise to Prabhas and made a film titled Munna with him later in the direction of Vamsi Paidipally. Sadly, the film ended as a massive flop at the box office.


Allu Arjun's memorable speech on Arya 20 years

Meanwhile, speaking about Arya, Allu Arjun said that Arya gave him the single biggest jump in his career. "I started with with minus 100. My debut film, Gangotri, was a big hit, but I was trolled and neglected by the industry. So, I was down and out with no films in hand when Dil Raju Garu brought Arya to me," said Allu Arjun.

Speaking about Sukumar, Allu Arjun said that he has been the driving force in his career, and whenever he did a film with Sukumar, the craze went to the next level altogether. On the other hand, Arya had super hit music by Devi Sri Prasad, and speaking about him, Allu Arjun says that DSP was the only senior technician during the making of the film as he was high on the success of biggest hits like Varsham featuring Prabhas.

Abhinyasree performed the hit number Aa Ante on stage at the event and shocked everyone. Last but not least, Sukumar thanked Allu Arjun for giving him some of the biggest hits in his career and promised the fans on stage that Pushpa 2 would catapult Allu Arjun to global stardom.

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