Everyone questioned the wisdom of Shyam Prasad Reddy when he cast Anushka in Arundhathi. His well-wishers suggested alternate names. But the producer stuck to his argument that Anushka, standing 5 ft 10 in tall in her socks, has the frame and fire to carry on the role of a royal heir.
In spite of a good story, gripping screenplay and mindblowing special effects, the success of Arundhathi directly depended on the extraordinary performance of Anushka. jollyhoo.com review predicted a National Award for her performance in the film.
According to Tollywood sources, Anushka wants to encash her fame after Arundhathi. She is said to have been demanding a fee of Rs 1 Crore for her next films.