Raghavendra decided to walk out of the project after his fans said they did not want him to make his comeback with a negative role.

Jagapathi Babu to replace Raghavendra Rajkumar in ChillumDigital Native
Flix Sandalwood Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 17:13

Raghavendra Rajkumar was supposed to stage his comeback with the Kannada movie Chillum but he eventually decided to walk out of the project after his fans said they did not want him to make his re-entry with a negative role. Further, his character in the movie required him to act in smoking and drinking scenes, which his fans did not want him to do. Paying heed to their request, the actor said he decided to let go of the role.

Following this sudden development, director Chandrakala was on the lookout for a suitable replacement and is said to have zeroed in on Tollywood actor Jagapathi Babu. She reportedly discussed the film with the actor over the phone and will soon be headed to Hyderabad for the next round of discussions. Jagapathi Babu is not new to the Kannada film industry, having debuted in the year 2012 with the Sudeep starrer Bachchan. Then a couple of years ago, he was seen as a CBI Officer in Jaguar.

Raghavendra Rajkumar has now inked a deal to star in Ammana Mane. The film’s official pooja is slated to be held on August 15 and the film is expected to hit the silver screens early next year. Nikhil Manju is wielding the megaphone for this venture. Ammana Mane will be a multi-starrer and the director is in talks with a few other heroes to play important roles in it. On the film, the director had told New Indian Express in an interview: “It is a family drama, which looks at work, life and family balance. In his role, Raghavendra Rajkumar has to play the role of a man who has to finely balance his work pressure and keep his family happy.”

Chillum will have Manoranjan Ravichandran playing the lead role with Priyanka Thimmesh as the leading lady. The others in the star cast include Diwakar, Raghav Nath, Sandeep and Bharath Chandrakala playing vital roles. Naveen Kumar is wielding the camera for this flick which is getting ready for release next year.

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