Director Nitesh Tiwary and producer Madhu Mantena are going blue in the face denying the amazing casting brainwaves for their three-part feature film on the Ramayan that they intend to collaborate on. While Hrithik Roshan as Rama is a possibility being seriously explored, Deeepika Padukone as Sita was purely conjectural.
And now we read Shradha Kapoor has “turned down” Luv Ranjan’s film with Ajay Devgan and Ranbir to play Sita in Nitesh Tiwary’s Ramayan. Shradha is the leading lady of Tiwary’s hit film Chhichhore. Hence the speculative casting.
The truth is, she hasn’t been approached to play Sita. A source in the know reveals, “Nitesh Tiwary and Madhu Mantena will begin casting only after Nitesh completes his screenplay for all the three parts of the Ramayan. Hrithik has verbally said yes to Rama. But there is no Deepika or Shradha as Sita. And certainly no Prabhas as Ravan. These are fans of the Ramayan and of the stars mentioned, indulging in wishful thinking.”
It is unlikely that Prabhas will play Ravan to Hrithik’s Rama as Prabhas’ fans wouldn’t like to see him don a negative avatar. “We are not even thinking of him or any other actor. Right now the full focus is on the writing,” says Nitesh Tiwary.
Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor were recently seen in the blockbuster Saaho. The multi-lingual film won mixed reviews from critics and cine-goers but was a huge hit at the box office especially down South.