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Bhagyashree to star in Telugu remake of 2 States

She will be essaying the role of the lead actress's mother in the remake. A role played by Revathy in the Hindi film.

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Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) actress Bhagyashree will be seen in the official Telugu remake of Shakun Batra's Hindi film 2 States (2014). She will be essaying the role of the lead actress's mother. In the Hindi film, the role was played by Revathy. 

The female lead will be played by newcomer Shivani, while the male protagonist will be played by Adivi Sesh. Shivani is the daughter of veteran Telugu actor Rajasekhar and this will be her debut film. The Hindi film had Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. 

While talking about the casting of Bhagyashree, first time director Venkat Reddy, told, “Even though we had many options, we went for Bhagyashree because we were on the lookout for a fresh face that was not totally unfamiliar. We didn’t want a regular actor to play that character. Bhagyashree is someone who could look fresh in this character and at the same time pull off comfortably thanks to her stature. When I approached her and pitched the character, she immediately jumped at the opportunity because she really liked the book.” 

The director added that the remake will not copy the Hindi film to the T, but will incorporate some changes keeping in mind Telegu sensibilities. “We’ve made changes to the story to suit Telugu sensibilities. It’s not going to be a frame-to-frame remake,” Reddy said. 

This is not the first time Bhagyashree will be seen in a Telugu film. She has worked in two Telegu films before — Omkaram (1997) and Rana (1998). Her last screen appearance was in the trilingual film Luv U Alia (2015) made in Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.