Today Rajamouli is known everywhere. He is more popular than some of the biggest Bollywood directors. But he still wants to work with "local" stars.
Many had thought that he would opt for Bollywood heroines for his next multi-starrer that has NTR Jr and Ram Charan as the lead stars.
However, he is not looking for Bollywood heroines for Ram Charan and NTR Jr. He is looking for south Indian heroines to cast opposite these two heroes, in keeping with the film's requirement.
So, news from tinsel ville is that Samantha is the front-runner for the main heroine role.
Discussions are on with Samantha to figure out if she has dates in August. Samantha has already acted in Rajamouli's "Eega" and she has paired up with NTR Jr thrice.
This time she is being considered to play the lead opposite Ram Charan with whom she is currently working in "Rangasthalam".
On the other hand, Rajamouli has shortlisted Raashi Khanna, Rakul Preet Singh and Kaira Advani as NTR's pair. However, he has to take a final decision.
The girl who will play NTR's heroine will get to play the glamour girl, say Rajamouli's unit members.
The film will start rolling from August this year. Danayya is producing the multi-starrer.