Ananya Panday to Star Opposite Arjun Reddy Hottie Vijay Deverakonda
Vijay Deverakonda’s first Hindi film, Fighter, was looking for a heroine for the longest time. Now Ananya Panday has stepped in
A lot is being written, seen and shared about Telugu superstar Vijay Deverakonda’s Bollywood debut in Fighter, a Hindi-Telugu bi-lingual being directed by Puri Jagannath, co-produced by Karan Johar, Puri Jagannath and Charmee Kaur. Since it’s Vijay’s first full-on action film, he has been training non-stop for it, losing weight and preparing to take off his shirt on camera.
Having said all of this, we still had no confirmation of who Vijay’s leading lady would be in Fighter. Now it can be told. It’s Ananya Panday, Karan Johar’s blue-eyed girl after Alia Bhatt. Coincidentally Alia too is making her Telugu debut this year (in Rajamouli’s RRR). In both, Puri and Rajamouli’s projects it was Karan Johar who was instrumental in getting his protegees on board.
A source very close to Karan Johar informs that Karan’s other blue-eyed girl Janhvi Kapoor who made her debut in Dhadak two years ago, was being seriously considered. “But Janhvi couldn’t adjust her dates, though she seriously wanted to be part of the film. It was then that Karan asked Ananya Pandey (who made her debut in Johar’s Student Of The Year). And she readily agreed,” says the source.
Like Janhvi, Ananya is a big Vijay Deverakonda fan. The two did a fun photoshoot together and are now getting ready for the first schedule of the film. Ananya was seen recently in the Kartik Aaryan starrer Pati, Patni Aur Woh which did fairly well at the box office. Her performance in the film was appreciated too.
Vijay Deverakonda has become hot property after his blockbuster Arjun Reddy was remade in Hindi as Kabir Singh starring Shahid Kapoor. It was one of the biggest hits of 2019.