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‘Baahubali’ actress Anushka Shetty to star alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Mani Ratnam’s next?


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Mani Ratnam has given us some iconic films like ‘Roja’, ‘Bombay’ and many others. The filmmaker has also been awarded Padma Shri for his contribution in the South as well as the Hindi film industry. Naturally, Ratnam appears in every actor’s wishlist. Bagging a role in his film is like a dream come true for any actor.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recently confirmed that she is once again collaborating with Ratnam for his upcoming film ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. Interestingly, the latest buzz suggests that ‘Baahubali‘ actress Anushka Shetty has also been approached for this Mani Ratnam directorial.

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If a report in India Today is anything to go by, then Anushka is most likely to give a green signal to this project. ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is a historical period drama that revolves around the Chola dynasty. The film is an adaptation of a Tamil novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy.

Both Aishwarya and Anushka are not just drop-dead gorgeous, they are great actresses as well. So watching them together will definitely be one of the highlights of the film. Let’s hope that the rumours of Anushka being a part of this project turn out to be true. Currently, the project is in its pre-production stage and might go on the floors by the year-end.

Recently, confirming that she is a part of Mani Ratnam’s next, Aishwarya told Anupama Chopra, “Even though Mani (Ratnam) hasn’t formally announced it himself but the word is out. So yes, I will commit to the fact that yes, I am working with him. I won’t say I agreed…I will always be more than thrilled, excited, overwhelmed, humbled and just happy to work with my guru, Mani so ya, that is happening.”

‘Ponniyin Selvan’ stars an ensemble cast comprising Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Sathyaraj, Mohan Babu and Amala Paul.

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