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Anu Emmanuel was to romance Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja in Amar Akbar Anthony directed by Srinu Vaitla. She was present at the movie launch and even shot one day for the film. But she backed off the project citing dates issues. The makers have brought in Slender Beauty Ileana as a replacement to romance Ravi Teja. The actress signed the dotted line and she will join the shoot from June 18th. The shooting will happen in the United States of America.
We are told that the joining did not happen easily. Ileana reportedly got a whopping 2 Crore as remuneration for the film and the makers obliged. Interestingly, After a success with Kick, Ravi Teja and Ileana’s combination resulted in back to back failures as their last two films Khatarnak and Devudu Chesina Manushulu bombed at the box-office. Incidentally, Devudu Chesina Manushulu is Ileana’s last film in Tollywood and since then she is trying her luck in Bollywood. So, Amar Akbar Anthony will be her comeback to Telugu Cinema. It has to be seen if Ileana will make use of this chance and cement her place in Tollywood. In her early stint, there used to be several allegations of her being very undisciplined.