Amala Paul mentioned that she was offered a role in Ponniyin Selvan, and she had to decline the offer due to personal reasons, during a recent interview with a media portal. Amala said that she took a break from films, as she was exhausted from about thirteen years of constant work. The actress started her career at 17, and she is 30 currently. She said that she did not really get to take a break and cleanse her mind during this span of time.
She said that the pandemic slowed things down, and got her to look into herself and discover who she is. She further said that she did not like the person that she was becoming, and she needed to take some time off and rewire herself.
The actress said that she had auditioned for a role in Ponniyin Selvan and Mani Ratnam had cast her, but after a delay, when he approached again, she was not in the right space to work in films, and she had to turn down the role.
Although there is no official statement to back up this information, there were rumours that she was cast as Poonkuzhali.
Amala said that she doesn't regret the missed opportunity, as she believed it's all part of the design, and she trusts that the design is coming out well.
Further, she was asked if she was interested in entering Bollywood, to which she replied yes. She is most likely to start working on a Bollywood project under a big production house for a big hero soon. She added that the production house would make an official announcement in the near future.
When asked about which Bollywood actor she would be excited to act with, she mentioned the names of Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, and Manoj Bajpayee.