Paavada, the recently released super hit movie was initially offered to Shobana, the veteran actress. Shockingly, Shobana rejected the offer because of the lead actor of the movie, Prithviraj.
In the recent interview given to Manorama News, producer Maniyanpilla Raju revealed that Shobana rejected the offer, stating the she is not ready to play the role of Prithviraj's mother.
The actress was highly impressed with the script of the movie. But she decided to turn down the offer, stating that she is busy with dance programs and it is impossible to leave Chennai.
Raju agreed to shoot her portions in Chennai studio. Then, Shobana frankly stated that she cannot play mother to a prominent hero like Prithviraj. She was okay if it was the role of his elder sister.
Shobana feared that the character may get her typecasted her into the hero's mother roles. She calculated that such a role can badly affect her career, as a top league classical dancer.
Even though Maniyanpilla Raju tried his level best to convince Shobana, pointing out that Mohanlal has played an old man in Pranayam, the actress refused to change her decision.
Later, the team decided to approach Asha Sarath for the role. Maniyanpilla Raju and director Marthandan had also decided not to inform Asha about approaching Shobana for the role.
They just informed Asha that it is a very important role and didn't reveal that it is the role of Prithviraj's mother. The actress immediately accepted the role and played her part brilliantly.