Shankare Gowda says that he had noticed Nikesha Patel long back and she was his first choice for his previous movie Kempe Gowda, but he could not rope in the actress for the project due to date issues. After the CCL, the producer once again contacted Nikesha for his new movie Varadanayaka, which she has accepted. He adds that she has already been shooting for the film for a few days now.
Varadanayaka, a remake of Telugu movie Lakshyam is an action-cum-family entertainer. Sudeep is playing an Assistant Police Commisioner played by Jagapathi Babu in the original, while Chiranjeevi Sarja appears as his brother (played by Gopichand). Nikesha Patel is reprising the role of Chiru's love interest.
Nikesha Patel, a model, was born and brought up in United Kingdom. She was one of the finalists of 2006 Miss Wales beauty pageant. She started her acting career through 2010 Telugu film Komaram Puli. She debuted in Kannada with Ravichandran's film Narasimha. Now, Varadanayaka is her second movie in Kannada.