Her debut Bollywood film will be released in June, but not many know that southern actress Sadaa chose it over the Rajnikant blockbuster Sivaji - The Boss.
Sadaa, the heartthrob of countless fans of Tamil and Telugu movies, will soon be seen in Dil To Deewana Hai. But a source associated with the film said the actress chose it over working with Rajnikanth as the dates of the two projects clashed.
The source said she was Rajnikant's first choice for the female lead in Sivaji. A word to this effect was conveyed to Sadaa. Though she jumped with joy at the opportunity of getting paired opposite the "king" of Tamil movies, she did not respond immediately because there was a hitch.
She had already committed herself to the Bollywood movie and wondered if Rajnikant could help her get a flexible schedule for Sivaji, the source said.
But he did not. So the choice was between a dream project like Sivaji or a Bollywood career by debuting in a medium-budget Hindi movie. Sadaa chose the latter and eventually Rajnikant signed Shriya Saran to play the female lead.
WhileSivaji already made history at the box office, it remains to be seen whether Sadaa made the right choice.
Dil To Deewana Hai has been directed by well-known TV actor Raja Bundela and stars Hyder Ali. It is about the changing mentality of the new generation and its attitude towards family traditions.
Incidentally, D.S. Productions' Dil To Deewana Hai will see Zeenat Aman and Raj Babbar teaming up two decades after their joint appearance in B.R. Chopra's thought-provoking Insaf Ka Tarazu, which made the career of Padmini Kolhapure.