Hindi actress Aditi Rao Hydari has been brought on board as the leading lady in ace film-maker Mani Ratnam's next Tamil romantic-drama. Aditi has replaced Sai Pallavi in the film, which also features Karthi.
"Aditi has replaced Sai Pallavi. While the exact reason is still unknown but it's believed that Pallavi had set aside her dates for another project and since this film was getting delayed, she had no other option than to exit," a source from the film's unit told IANS.
Karthi is said to play a pilot in the movie, who, while on his visit to India, falls in love.
The project is expected to go on floors from June. Two time Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman will compose the tunes, while Ravi Varman will handle the camera.
Many speculations had surfaced pertaining to Sai Pallavi's sudden exit from the film. Some had even claimed that the Premam actress walked out of the project after learning that the movie will have intimate scenes between the lead pair and that she wasn't comfortable with the idea.
However, Sai Pallavi has come forward in order to clear the air. In a series of tweets, the talented actress has confessed that she is an ardent fan of the maverick director and that no one would ever walk out of a Mani Ratnam movie.
"There are many rumours going around; Thought I'll personally clear things: No one will ever have the heart to walk out of a Mani Sir's film. Neither did I. Sir being a legendary director knows who's best for the character & as a caring person knows what's best for me too."
"Mani Sir was kind enough to explain things based on developments in the script. For his stature he needn't have to. Being an ardent fan of his work I'm as excited as everyone for this film," she posted.