With just a week after launching Sangamithra at Cannes 2017, Sri Thenandal Films, which is bankrolling the project, announced on Monday that Shruti Haasan is not part of the film any more. As a shocking news for fans, the makers took to Twitter to confirm the news.
According to Shruti’s spokesperson, no proper bound script nor a proper date schedule was given to the actor. The first look posters were unveiled at Cannes 2017 and created quite a buzz on social media. Apart from Shruti Haasan, actors Jayam Ravi and Arya will have pivotal roles in Sangamithra. The first instalment of the two-part magnum opus will be ready for release by the end of 2018, director Sundar C revealed.
The filmmakers had zeroed in on Shruti for the title role in Sangamithra after considering several other actors. She had also been undergoing training in weapon-based martial arts in London as she was preparing to play what could have been the most important role in her career. Shruti is yet to react to the recent development.
Sangamithra is another expensive period film that will roll out from the south Indian film industry. The first look featuring Shruti as the warrior queen Sangamithra was released to an encouraging response at Cannes. According to producer Murali Ramaswamy of Sri Thenandal Films, after the launch, many Hollywood studios had expressed their interest to co-produce the epic film.
The film, set in the 8th century AD, will follow Sangamithra’s struggles and inspiring journey to save her kingdom. Sangamithra is expected to go on the floors soon and it will be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.