Before Arjun Reddy, when the makers of Geetha Govindam were approaching heroines opposite Vijay Deverakonda, most of the top and happening heroines in the film industry have single answer : Who will work opposite Vijay Deverakonda?While a heroine who just worked with a big star then had demanded 1 Crore from the makers, another top heroine who is now mostly not seen much has cited dates issue.
Even the likes of Ritu Varma who have worked opposite Vijay in Pelli Choopulu couldn’t take up Geetha Govindam since she has bulk dates for her Tamil film with Gautham Menon and as per the contract, she couldn’t sign any other film in between.
And several young heroines too have their own reasons to drop out of the project. Strangely, a few heroines have liked the story narrated by Parasuram, but suggested him to do the film with Varun Tej (who had just scored Fidaa in July 2017) or any other hero from a big family. Taken aback with such suggestions, director Parasuram continued his search for the female lead.
Finally, it landed into the lap of Rashmika Mandanna. And the rest is history. Arjun Reddy became a rage subsequently. And Rashmika’s Tollywood debut opposite Naga Shaurya Chalo became a sleeper hit. The hit combo with Parasuram worked brilliantly and brought huge moolah to producers Bunny Vas, Allu Aravind and also the distributors who have bought the film’s rights.