Madhu Mantena: If I wanted to make Ramayan with Mahesh Babu, we would wait for him – Exclusive – Times of India
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Madhu Mantena, Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar have collaborated for an epic saga ‘Ramayan’ and recent reports suggested that South superstar Mahesh Babu has been approached for the movie and that he has turned down the offer due to date issues. Reacting on the same, Madhu Mantena says, “It’s really funny. The thing is that I’ve already said we will announce the casting by Diwali and Nitesh still needs to find his character because the characters are larger here.”

Clearing the air about Mahesh Babu being cast in this ambitious project, Madhu Mantena adds, “Mahesh (Babu) and Namit (Malhotra) are very close friends of mine. I have shared a lot of work about Ramayan with them but there has never been a discussion between either Mahesh or me, or with anyone else about that. I think it is because of my proximity to some of the actors, I think, that there’s this speculation.” Prod him if Mahesh will ever be cast in the movie, the filmmaker adds, “If I wanted to make Ramayan with Mahesh, we would wait for him. But we are still in the process and Mahesh is wonderful, but whether to case him is something for Nitesh to decide.”

Filmmakers Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar are closely working on this epic and the film’s final cast will be announced during Diwali this year. Speculations are rife that Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone could be cast in this venture, however Madhu Mantena refuses to comment on the same.

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