While several of his contemporaries are keen to import alien actors in their films, Harish Shankar declared that he is not going to take any non-Telugu artists in his movies going forward. But is is not Bashabhimanam (love for language) for the director. When asked the reason, he said, “I’m facing problems with non-Telugu artistes, since they concentrate more on how to pronounce the dialogues, than on acting. I decided not to encourage artistes from other languages.

His earlier movie, Gabbar Singh had Hindi actor Abhimanyu Singh playing the villain role. The director gave the villain role to Ravi Shankar (Brother of Sai Kumar) in his upcoming movie, Ramayya Vasthavayya. Ravi Shankar earned brownie points for his portrayal of villain role in Damarukam