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Thursday, 21 January 2021 11.42 AM IST

Manju was shocked on hearing ‘you were my Janu’


‘96’--There is no other movie that the audiences have loved so much. The pair Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha in the film was so cute and it was an intense love story. However, most people are unaware that the film's director Prem Kumar first had in mind to cast Manju Warrier as Janu. The actress herself revealed this in an interview.

Manju herself came to know about it only recently. She was in Dubai to attend an award function. The director himself revealed this to the actress. She said that she was shocked to hear this.

‘I reached Dubai to attend a function. Vijay Sethupathi was a guest at the function. When I was leaving after the programme, Vijay Sethupathi came running behind me and told me that Prem Kumar, the director of ‘96’ wants to meet me. He came and as soon as he saw me he told me that I am a big fan of yours. I tried to cast you in my film ‘96’. That was really shocking for me. What do you mean, I never knew about it. I told him if you had told me I would have come running,’ she said.

She said, “They approached many for me. That did not happen as there was a small confusion over Vijay’s dates. There were also problems with shooting schedules. He was not ready to drag me into this. But if had said a word, I would have arrived.”

Manju said that she believes that no one else would have done the role better than Trisha. Her role in the film was stunning and it was made beautifully. I wished I had been in '96’. There is no point in worrying about a lost chance.

I told Prem, “Cast me in your next film and if you don’t want me you can easily tell me.”

‘96’ was a blockbuster film in 2018. People gave huge strides to the new expression of love and waiting. The film was remade in Kannada and Telugu. Bhavana was in the Kannada version and Samanatha will play the role in Telugu.

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