One actress’ loss is another’s gain in the film industry. And this is exactly what happened when Vidya Balan failed to give her dates for an upcoming Kollywood venture ‘Chikku Bhukku’. Debutante Preetika Rao has now filled her shoes and if the name does not strike a chord in your ears,
she is a model who also happens to be Bollywood actress Amrita Rao’s sister. In a statement to the media, Preetika Rao says that debuting in a film which is being directed Manigandan is a dream come true for her and she is eagerly awaiting for the release of the film which she had enjoyed shooting.
Reports claim that Vidya Balan was offered the role initially, but could not finalize dates, therefore forcing Manigandan to opt for Preetika instead. This news however does not irk Preetika Rao. A newcomer to films but not to the glamor world, the girl knows that it is she who the audiences will remember if the film clicks at the box office. ‘Chikku Bhukku’ has been shot at South Indian locales Ooty, Mysore and Karaikudi.
Preetika Rao was a model and has also been involved with a Mumbai-based magazine for which she used to write columns on Bollywood films and actors. The girl confirms that it was her profile picture from the magazine’s column which initially drew the attention of Manigandan to approach her for the role in ‘Chikku Bhukku’.