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Here's why Mahesh Babu turned down a role in Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone-led Ramayana film

The upcoming film based on the ancient Hindu epic will be produced by Madhu Mantena and directed by Nitesh Tiwari

Shilpa S
Jan 10, 2022
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Madhu Mantena’s next project seems to be one of epic proportions to say the least. The producer is currently working on a film adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which has generated quite a buzz since early last year, partly due to the star power attached to the project.

The film stars Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, and there had been reports that Mahesh Babu was in talks to star in it as well. But the plans to rope in the Tollywood star fell through as the actor had previous commitments to honour.

According to a report in Pinkvilla, when Mahesh was made the offer, he had already signed on for another project helmed by SS Rajamouli. The report also stated that Mahesh was offered the role of Ram in Mantena’s film.

Speculations regarding Mantena’s upcoming project have been circulating for quite some time. A few months ago, reports surfaced that Ranbir Kapoor might be attached to the project, in the role of Ram. The upcoming film will be directed by Nitesh Tiwari, popular for helming films such as Aamir Khan starrer Dangal (2016) and Sushant Singh Rajput’s Chhichhore (2019).

While further details regarding the project are being kept under close wraps it was revealed that Roshan will portray the role of demon king Ravana while Padukone will essay the role of Sita in the film. The film is scheduled to go on floors sometime this year.

Mantena had opened up to Pinkvilla about the project, saying that he and his team wanted to mount the film on a large scale and calling it a huge responsibility to tell the story of the epic in a satisfactory way.

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