Tamannaah Bhatia

Last year, it was reported that Kangana Ranaut's National Award-winning drama, Queen (2014) would be remade in Tamil, with Baahubali actor Tamannaah Bhatia playing the lead role. Now, mid-day has learnt that the actor has ditched the Tamil film for the Telugu remake. The decision, we hear, had to do with the actor's preference to be part of a bigger film industry.

A source from the production house says, "Tamannaah was approached for both versions, but she wasn't comfortable doing them simultaneously, since it involved working with different directors. She opted for the Telugu version. Also, given that the makers of the Tamil film were unable to arrive at decisions [pertaining to the filmmaking process] despite discussing the project with her for four months, she chose to go ahead with the Telugu version."

National Award-winning director G Neelakanta Reddy will be directing the Telugu film, which goes on floors in the end of October. The film will be shot across international locations and is likely to hit screens by mid-2018.

A still from 'Queen'

Excited about playing Ranaut's role, Bhatia tells mid-day, "Queen is an interesting film and I have been motivated by roles that help alleviate the image of women. I can't wait to start shooting next month. This is the first time that I will be working with Neelakanta Reddy."

Meanwhile, actor Kajal Aggarwal will reprise the lead role in the Tamil version, which is also set for a Kannada and Malayalam remake.

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