‘More than four months back, Gunasekhar has approached Mahesh to play the role of Gona Gannareddy in the movie. But Mahesh has turned down the offer in split second’, says a source close to the hero. Though the director is pretty close to Mahesh, it is very tough to accept the offer as acting in such guest roles will affect his image a lot at the present scenario. The reason for Mahesh’s backing off from the role is the offered character of Gona Ganna Reddy who works as commander for Rani Rudramadevi’s army in a couple of wars. Reports have that actor Rana Daggubati has accepted the same role after Mahesh rejected it, and has shot for certain scenes as well.
A hero of Mahesh’s stature may not downplay his image to act as an assistant on-screen to a heroine like Anushka. Rather putting image at stake, it is better to back off, and our hero has done the same. Also our hero is keen to wrap up ‘One-Nenokkadine’ and move to Sreenu Vytla’s ‘Aagadu’, rather getting struck with these guest roles.