Ritika Singh has been roped in to play Raghava Lawrence's heroine in the Tamil remake of P Vasu's Shivalinga.
Shivalinga, a Kannada film, starring Shiva Rajkumar was a massive hit. Directed by P Vasu, the film went on to bag both critical and commercial accolades.
While Raghava was roped in to essay Shiva Rajkumar's role, it was speculated that Anushka Shetty might play the female lead. But now, it has been confirmed that Ritika will play the role, essayed by Vedhika in the original.
"I wanted someone new who hasn't done this type of character. So far, only one film of Ritika's has released, so she is still relatively a fresh face in Kollywood. I liked her in 'Irudhi Suttru'. It did not feel like her first film. She is a National Award-winner, and the role in my film is a performance-oriented one, so I felt she would be right for it," Vasu told a leading daily.
So, will Ritika be able to match up to the dancing skills of Raghava Lawrence? Vasu has said the boxer-turned-actress promised him to give her best shot, when it comes to shaking a leg, alongside one of best dancers South India has ever produced.
"I told her Lawrence is a very good dancer and it is going to be a challenge for her to dance alongside him. So, I wanted her to concentrate on dancing to match up to him. She has promised me she would", the veteran film-maker has said.
It is worth mentioning that P Vasu had earlier remade Apthamitra (Kannada movie) in Tamil as Chandramukhi, which went on to become one of the most successful Tamil films ever. Interestingly, Apthamitra was based on Manichitrathazhu.