The Kannada actor Samyuktha Hegde was in talks to star in a Prabhu Deva film but the offer fizzled out for various reasons. Being a self-professed fan of the Indian Michael Jackson, she was looking for an opportunity to pair up with him onscreen and it has eventually happened with Theal. The film, directed by Hari Kumar, will feature Prabhu Deva and Samyuktha as the lead pair. Hari Kumar is an erstwhile associate of Prabhu Deva and has got the opportunity to direct him now.
Excited over bagging the offer, Samyuktha had told in an interview to the Times of India, “I was all set to star alongside Prabhudheva sir in a film earlier, but due to unavoidable circumstances, I had to opt out of it. I think it’s fate that has brought me this opportunity once again, and this time, I didn’t want to let it pass.”
On Theal, she had said, “The film will be very raw and realistic and I play a girl who comes from a family steeped in poverty. What makes it really exciting for me is that as a dancer I couldn’t have asked for anything better, because I get to groove with Prabhudheva sir.” Touted to be a complete commercial entertainer, Theal will be shot entirely in Chennai, we hear.
Samyuktha Hedge made her debut with the Rishab Shetty directorial Kirik Party. Her debut film in Sandalwood turned out to be one of the biggest hits getting her offers from the other film industries as well.
She is also part of Jayam Ravi's next directed by Pradeep Ranganathan. Being produced by Isari Ganesh under the banner of Vels Films International and Kajal Aggarwal has been paired with Ravi.