"We had initially roped her in as she makes a great on-screen pair with Manoj. But due to her packed schedule with other films, we finally had to replace her with Rakul. It was a unanimous decision by Manoj and I," director Nageshwar Reddy told IANS.
Hansika, one of busiest actresses in southern industry, is currently shooting for Tamil films "Maan Karate", "Uyire Uyire" and Telugu film "Power".
Rakul recently scored a hit with Telugu film "Venkatadri Express". Her recent Hindi release "Yaariyaan" opened to mixed reviews at the box-office.