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. They have brought in Ileana as a replacement. The actress signed the dotted line and she will join the shoot from June 18th. The shooting will happen in the United States.
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.
Ravi Teja and Vaitla have earlier collaborated with Nee Kosam, Venky, and Dubai Seenu. This new project which is their fourth film together is very important as both of them have suffered massive disasters and are waiting for a big break to revive their careers. Thaman is brought in to compose music for this film. In the past, Thaman had scored music for some of Ravi Teja’s hit films like Kick, Balupu, and Mirapakay. Successful Production House, Mythri Movies Makers is bankrolling this project and Ravi Teja is banking on their history of churning out blockbusters.