Deepika Padukone signed Kochadaiiyaan for Rajinikanth

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 21, 2014 13:37 IST
  • Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone

    Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone romance onscreen for the first time in Kochadaiiyaan.

  • Rajinikanth

    Rajinikanth plays the Pandyan king Kochadaiyaan Ranadhiran in Kochadaiiyaan.

  • Director Soundarya Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan

    Director Soundarya Rajinikanth with Shah Rukh Khan unties the red ribbon during the launch of the music album for her film kochadaiiyaan. (Photo: Twitter/Kochadaiiyaan)

  • Rajinikanth, SRK, Deepika Padukone

    Rajinikanth, SRK, Deepika Padukone at the music launch of Kochadaiiyaan.

  • Rajinikanth

    Rajinikanth at the music release of Kochadaiiyaan in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

  • Rajinikanth, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone

    Rajinikanth, Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone at the music release function of Rajinikanth's  latest movie Kochadaiiyaan in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

After a row of back to back hits in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone will now be seen in a big-budget south film, Kochadaiiyaan.

In this film, Deepika will be seen alongside Rajinikanth for the first time. And we’ve been informed that the actor took up the role even before the script of the film was narrated to her.

"Deepika agreed to be part of the film for emotional reasons. When Rajinikanth’s daughter, Soundarya, approached her for the project, she immediately agreed to be associated with it without even knowing the concept, the film’s script or her role. She felt that working with Rajinikanth was an honour for her and it will also give her an opportunity to interact with the star," says a source close to Deepika.

The source adds that the film’s team approached Deepika as they felt that she would do justice to the character in terms of the performance the role demands.

Prior to this, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the only actress from Bollywood who has worked with Rajinikanth on a project of this stature.

When contacted, Deepika confirms the news. Her spokesperson adds, "Even though it was for a brief role, Deepika was delighted to share screen space with Rajnikanth."

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