Sonakshi was the first choice for K S Ravikumar’s ‘Rana’ opp Megastar Rajnikanth, but has now been replaced by Deepika Padukone. The latest we hear is that the actress has opted out of Hassan’s bilingual film, in which she was to play his wife, due to her prior commitment to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s project, Rowdy Rathod.
Sonakshi was super excited about working with the Kamal when she signed ‘Vishwaroopam’. But unfortunately, the shooting got postponed. This caused clashes with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and so she had to opt out.
A source close to the actress told, “All her excitement is a thing of the past. She has decided that she is not doing Kamal Hassan’s film. But trust me it wasn’t easy for her to take this decision.
She has lost her first opportunity to work with Kamal Hassan. Hassan had serious creative differences with Selvaraghvan. Then, Hassan decided to direct the project himself. And consequently, there were delays in production. “
The source added, “Sonakshi was extremely professional, while explaining her case to Kamal Hassan Productions. There is no animosity between Kamal Hassan and Sonakshi.”
Hassan’s search for a replacement is already on and Deepika seems to be the likely contender. Previously, Deepika had filled in for Sonakshi, who was the first choice for the Rajinikanth starrer, Rana. Reportedly, Rajinikanth was uncomfortable to pair up with his friend Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter.