A lot of speculations were doing the rounds regarding the role of the leading lady in Rajinikanth's next venture with Pa. Ranjith.
Rajinikanth is yet to get out of Shankar's 2.0 but the talks about his next film with Kabali director Ranjith have been making into headlines every day.
Khushbu and Rajinikanth, in their heyday, have starred in Tamil films such as Mannan, Pandian and Annamalai. However, she hasn't officially signed the project yet. First, it was Vidya Balan and then came Deepika Padukone.
When a fan questioned about Deepika's inclusion in the star cast, Ranjith replied that it was untrue. Incidentally, Rajinikanth and Ranjith had teamed up for Kabali previous year and this will be their second outing together.
Radhika Apte was also said to in the running for the female lead in the same movie, after playing Rajinikanth's wife in Kabali and getting critical acclaim for her performance.
It may be mentioned here that Deepika had paired up with Rajinikanth in the Soundarya Rajinikanth directorial, Kochadaiyaan. Going by the looks of it, the mannerisms and style of Ashwin Thatha, reminds the viewers of Rajinikanth's iconic role in 1999 film Padayappa. The film will see Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar debuting in South cinema.