Before Anushka, Rajamouli had Nayanthara in mind for Devasena’s role
Baahuabli is now the pride of Indian cinema. The sequel to this epic fantasy action saga has scripted history by becoming the first Indian movie to touch the 1000 crore mark. The lead cast of this series- Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj are now hugely popular across the country.
But not many know that the director had some other actors in mind before finalizing the above mentioned cast. Popular yesteryear actress Sridevi was initally approached to play Sivagami’s role but she declined the offer as she was busy shooting for the fantasy movie Puli during that time.
Similarly, there are reports that Rajamouli initially had Nayanthara in mind to play Devasena’s role. However the actress could not afford months from her busy schedule as she was caught up with multiple projects at that time.
Devasena is one of the strongest female characters ever in Indian cinema. She is a fearless and righteous princess who does not mince her words for what she feels is right. Devasena is also so beautiful that both the brothers Bhallaladeva and Baahubali fall for her at the very first sight.
Anushka Shetty delivered a brilliant performance as Devasena staking her claim as one of the best actresses in Indian cinema. However, it would have been interesting to see how Nayanthara played the role of Devasena. She is equally talented and gorgeous as Anushka Shetty. Unfortunately, the actress has missed out a golden opportunity to be part of Indian cinema’s biggest ever blockbuster.