Akhil Akkineni needs a hit badly. Three films turning out to be duds have lowered his self-confidence. Plus, the producers also have realized that he cannot pull the audiences to the theaters unless he has the backing of another star. Considering these factors, the shrewd producer Allu Aravind has decided to bring in a big female star to the film that he is producing with Akhil Akkineni as the hero. Being termed as #Akhil4, the fourth film of Akhil is progressing its shoot in Hyderabad. Two shooting schedules have already been wrapped up.
Pooja Hegde who is riding high on popularity was first approached for this movie but declined to act with Akhil Akkineni. Then Allu Aravind met Kiara Advani and other Bollywood leading actresses but they quoted higher remuneration. As luck would have it, Allu Aravind got a call from Pooja Hegde all of a sudden and informed him that she would sign Akhil’s film provided they agree to her conditions. She has suddenly got free call sheets during September and October as her film with Prabhas has tentatively been put on hold.
Her conditions are 1) the makers should wrap up her major portion in these two months, 2) she should be given more remuneration than she is taking now. Allu Aravind has relented and she has joined the cast of this new movie being directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar.
Before she becoming a top actress, she played opposite Naga Chaitanya in ‘Oka Laila Kosam’. She is now pairing up with his younger brother.
However, the news of Pooja pairing with Akhil is getting mixed reactions.