Not Ranbir Kapoor But THIS Actor Was Sandeep Vanga’s 1st Choice For Animal? SHOCKING Details Revealed – News18

Animal was first offered to Mahesh Babu.

Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film Animal, led by Ranbir Kapoor, was originally titled Devil and was offered to Mahesh Babu.

The excitement surrounding Animal reached new heights just ahead of its release as the iconic film director SS Rajamouli and superstar Mahesh Babu joined forces with lead stars Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol alongside producer Bhushan Kumar and director Sandeep Reddy Vanga. A grand promotional event was held in Hyderabad on Monday, November 27. Now, it is being reported that the film was first offered to Mahesh Babu in 2019.

According to a report by Times Now, Animal was first offered to Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu in 2019. Back then, the film was called Devil. The report quoted a source as saying, “Sandeep Vanga was very keen to work with Mahesh Babu and Mahesh too was interested in working with Vanga. They met and Vanga narrated Devil to Mahesh Babu who found the subject too dark for his taste and for his audience’s taste.”

The report stated that Mahesh wanted Sandeep to come up with a “brighter idea”. However, the filmmaker chose to approach Ranbir instead and the actor said yes. Led by Ranbir Kapoor, Animal also features stellar performances from Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Rashmika Mandanna among others.

Meanwhile, Mahesh and Ranbir interacted at Animal’s special event in Hyderabad recently. Mahesh took the stage and said, “I have told him (Ranbir) before when I met him but I don’t think he took that seriously. I am a huge Ranbir Kapoor fan and in my opinion, he is the best actor in India.”

Ranbir then said, “You were the first superstar, Mahesh Babu, I ever met. I remember messaging him after watching Okkadu and he replied, and I can’t thank you enough for supporting us, sir.”

Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s directorial film Animal will be released in theatres on December 1. The film will mark Sandeep’s second Hindi film after Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh.