Pooja Hegde is not the heroine of ‘Valmiki’ aka ‘Gaddhalakonda Ganesh’. Yes, the film’s title has been changed to ‘Gaddhalakonda Ganesh’ at the eleventh hour.
Varun Tej has newcomer Krishna Manjusha as his female jodi. Then what is Pooja Hegde doing in the film? Well, as per director Harish Shankar’s interview, she appears in the second half of the movie and changes the total game. She may not be the typical heroine of this movie but she is the star attraction.
No wonder then that she took home a remuneration of whopping Rs 1.5 Cr for a role that appears only in the later portions of the movie. Pooja Hegde has romantic duets (the popular “Elluvochi Godaramma” is shot on her), romantic thread with Varun Tej and some key sequences. Though she limited runtime of presence, her character is crucial to the movie. This is why she got paid such a huge amount.
Pooja Hegde is now enjoying the top actress’s position in Tollywood with big movies in her kitty. She will next be seen opposite ‘Ala Vaikunthapuramlo’ opposite Allu Arjun. She will also join the shoot of Prabha’s next film tentatively titled ‘Jaanu’. She has also signed Akhil Akkineni’s new movie.