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Rajkumar Santoshi, one of Bollywood's stylish filmmakers, has still not given up his hopes on directing Superstar Rajinikanth in the role of Ravana in his magnum opus Ramayan. Santoshi visited Chennai a couple of days ago to attend a new film launch function of his friend Rajeshwar.
After the launch function, our correspondent asked Santoshi about his dream project Ramayan and his long time efforts to direct Rajini.The director replied in Tamil (with pucca accent!).
"I'm one of the great fans of late legend MGR and the present legend Rajinikanth. When I approached Rajini for my Ramayan, he was very busy with his Shivaji. At that time, we discussed many things about the Ravana character. But finally Rajini asked me to wait for until Shivaji get released. After that Rajini decided not to appear in negative roles like Ravana. But actually, my script is focused on the positive traits and disciplined life of Ravana and what factors forced him to imprison Seetha."
The director said further, "Rajini has seen most of my films and he seemed very impressed with this character. In fact, Rajini has read extensively about Ravana as part of his research for the role!"
The film is expected to commence in April 2009. According to Santoshi, till that there is much time for Rajini to reconsider his decision. "If everything goes well, Rajini can act in this film. I believe Rajini can uniquely bring out the multi-hued character to life and he is the only capable person to do such a great role." said Santoshi.