A lot is being written about Telugu superstar Vijay Deverakonda's Bollywood debut with Fighter, a Hindi-Telugu bi-lingual being directed by Puri Jagannath, co-produced by Karan Johar, Puri Jagannath and Charmee Kaur.
Since it's Vijay's first full-on action film, he has been training non-stop for it, losing weight and preparing to take his shirt off on camera.
Ananya Panday plays his leading lady.
Coincidentally, Karan Johar's other discovery Alia Bhatt is making her Telugu debut with SS Rajamouli's RRR. KJo was instrumental in getting his protegees on board in both films.
A source informs Subhash K Jha that Karan's other blue-eyed girl Janhvi Kapoor was seriously considered as well.
"Janhvi couldn't adjust her dates though she seriously wanted to be part of the film. It was then that Karan asked Ananya Pandey (who made her debut in Johar's Student Of The Year 2) and she readily agreed," says the source.
Like Janhvi, Ananya is a big Vijay Deverakonda fan.
They did a fun photoshoot together and are now ready for the first schedule of the film.
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Subhash K Jha has written about movies and movie stars for more than 40 years. He can be reached at email@example.com