Turning down a plum role in the Hindi film ’83, starring Ranveer Singh and being directed by Kabir Khan, Vijay Devarakonda, who has had spectacular run at the Telugu box office in 2018, refuses to debut in a film that “already stars Ranveer”. The movie recreates the events leading up to India’s victory in the Cricket World Cup in 1983 in which Ranveer features as Kapil Dev.

Vijay was offered the role of Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Various other big stars are being approached to feature as the cricketers in the 1983 World Cup but as for the South actor, it was an offer that he politely declined. “Right now, he’s very busy with his commitments in Telugu. Vijay is, of course, looking forward to a Hindi film debut. But not in a film that already stars Ranveer Singh. No prizes for guessing who would have the most important role in the film,” a source close to Vijay, reported to Bollywood Hungama.

Seems like Vijay is following in the footsteps of his predecessor Mahesh Babu, who was the only legend of the South Indian film industry to turn down an offer from Bollywood. Earlier, Shivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna had tried their hands in the industry but ran to home turf after not finding a stable footing in Bollywood. Vijay is seen by many visionaries of the Telugu film industry as the successor to Mahesh Babu and his decision proves that gone are the days when Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actors were tempted by the glitter of the tinsel town.