If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, actor Shalini Pandey who made a splash with her debut in Arjun Reddy, may have landed a plum role in Mahanati, a bilingual biopic on legendary southern actor Savitri. While there’s been official announcement regarding the same from the makers’ side, we have exclusively learnt from our reliable sources that the young actor has been roped in for an important role.
“The makers are considering her to play actor Jamuna, who was a very close friend of Savitri. Although she has been finalised in principal, the paper work is still pending and it might take a week before an official announcement is made. Hers will be a minor but very important role from the story’s perspective,” a source told HT. Being directed by Nag Ashwin, actor Keerthy Suresh plays Savitri in the film, which also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Dulquer Salmaan and Vijay Devarakonda in important roles.
In Arjun Reddy, she played the 19-year-old girl friend of the protagonist. Her role, even though rubbed the feminists the wrong way, was very well received by the general audiences. She made a bold debut in her maiden film.