Telugu young actor Akhil Akkineni has kickstarted his next project which will be directed by Bhaskar of Bommarillu fame. This yet untitled film will be bankrolled by Geetha Arts and is aimed to be released during summer 2020. Recently, reports were doing rounds that Pooja Hegde has been signed to play the leading lady in this film. However, no official announcement was made regarding her coming onboard the film. But looks like there have been some major changes in it now. Latest reports reveal that Pooja Hegde has been replaced by a newcomer in the film. News has it that Pooja Hegde’s remuneration in the film is something which did not allow the producers to go any further and were forced to look at other options. It is being speculated that model-turned-actress Ketikaa Sharma will replace Pooja Hegde in this Akhil film. Ketikaa is already making her debut in Telugu cinema with Romantic which has Puri Jagannadh’s son Aakash in the lead role.
Pooja Hegde has a bunch of films in Telugu already which are big-ticket ones. The DJ actress will be seen romancing Allu Arjun in Ala Vaikuntapuramlo which is directed by Trivikram Srinivas. Pooja has already begun shooting for her portions in the film which is slated to be released during Sankranti 2020.
Besides Ala Vaikuntapuramlo, Pooja will also be seen playing the leading lady in Valmiki which stars Varun Tej in lead role. Directed by Harish Shankar, Valmiki is the Telugu remake of Tamil hit Jigarthanda and is slated for release on September 20 worldwide. The trailer of the film was released by the makers recently and Pooja looks quite cute in her role as a village belle.