Sweety shifts focus to T-town

Actress Anushka Shetty has been missing in action from Tollywood for a while. With just one release ‘Dhamarukam’ last year, Anushka, fondly known as Sweety, is doing her best to excuse her long exile from Tollywood in 2013 by signing multiple projects.

Having signed a historic women-centric film ‘Rani Rudrama Devi’ which requires her to participate in a month-long training to do elaborate action sequences, the actress, going by the industry insiders, is the front-runner for Rajamouli’s yet-to-be-titled period-drama alongside Prabhas.

The maverick maker in the past has showered praise on Anushka for her commitment towards work and sources hint that his flick requires a leading lady who meets the tough demands of the character, before Rajamouli had a thought of considering the Mangalore beauty. However, the ‘Eega’ maker is playing cards close to his chest when it comes to casting and other details of this flick which will be made on a budget exceeding Rs 90 crore.

It would be the first time a heroine would be collaborating with him for the second time, if indeed, Anushka signs on the dotted-line. Mind you, she was the first preference of Rajamouli for his flick ‘Maryada Ramanna’. However, the role eventually was done by Saloni Aswani.

On the other hand, ever since ‘Kahaani’s south remake by Endemol was announced, Anushka was in the reckoning to do a Vidya Balan. And now with Sekhar Kammula on board to helm the Telugu and Tamil versions, Anushka, who in a statement long time back said how much she loved Vidya’s performance in ‘Kahaani’, is said to be keen on allocating dates for the project.

Sekhar, who is known to be tight-lipped about his films is said to be in favour of Anushka as she enjoys a good command in Tamil Nadu. When contacted, Endemol refused to divulge details of Anushka’s participation in the flick. However, a little birdie chips in by hinting that Jejamma’s participation in the flick will boil out to her dates.

All in all, awaiting the release of her Tamil flick ‘Alex Pandian’ and Telugu flick ‘Mirchi’ as of now, the effervescent and charming actress is set to have an eventful 2013 in Tollywood. Samantha, Tamannaah and Kajal better watch out!

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