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Mahesh Babu to Anushka Shetty: 5 Actors who rejected a role in Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 1

The makers of Mani Ratnam’s period drama, Ponniyin Selvan 1 are gearing up for the theatrical release of the movie. It is scheduled to hit theatres on September 30. The promotions of Ponniyin Selvan 1 have already begun and the makers are set to create a buzz surrounding the movie. The Mani Ratnam directorial features Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Trisha, and Jayaram Ravi  amongst others. But, did you know, a list of actors rejected a role in Ponniyin Selvan 1?

Based on the Chola dynasty, the first part of the Mani Ratnam directorial is scheduled to release soon. As the movie cast begin with the promotions, see the actors who denied a role in the period drama. From Mahesh Babu to Anushka Shetty, check out the five actors who denied a role in Mani Ratnam’s movie.

5 Actors who rejected a role in Ponniyin Selvan 1!

Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu, who is also known as the Price of Tollywood was one of the choices for the lead role. Reportedly, the actor was also interested in the script. However, due to the delay in the making led to the actor saying a ‘No’ to the role. He reportedly had a tight schedule.


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Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty, who won hearts with her stellar performance in the film Baahubali was also amongst a few who were approached for the role, eventually taken up by Trisha, according to reports. She could not come on board due to unknown reasons.

Thalapathy Vijay

Mani Ratnam’s first choice for the titular role in Ponniyin Selvan 1 was reportedly Thalapathy Vijay. However, as per reports, owing to the actor’s schedule issues, he did not do the movie.

Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh was offered a role of one of the leading ladies in the Mani Ratnam directorial, according to reports. However, the actress turned down the role as her dates were clashing with her prior commitment to the movie Annatthe.


Sathyaraj, who played the role of Katappa in the SS Rajamouli movie franchise, Baahubali was also offered a role in the film Ponniyin Selvan 1. He reportedly turned down the role owing to prior commitments.


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