Forget Deepika Padukone in Kochadaiiyaan, imagine Sonakshi Sinha playing the female lead opposite superstar Rajinikanth. As weird as that sounds, a source close to the family opened up with the press expressing the views and the reasons behind this decision.
“Shatruji and Rajinikanth ji are contemporaries. When the two of them worked together in K C Bokadia’s Asli Naqli, Sonakshi was running around on the sets in frocks! Now to be offered a role opposite him is a bit like cradle snatching” said the source.
A close associate of Sonakshi Sinha expressed – “She wanted to work with Rajini Sir. Who doesn’t? And Rajini Sir has worked with heroines who are almost as young as Sonakshi. Working with younger heroines is no big deal in Mumbai film industry. Even Kareena Kapoor was just a kid running around the sets when Akshay Kumar worked with Karisma. Later Askhay and Kareena were fine as a screen pair. Sonakshi Sinha has worked with actors far older than her including Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan.
Chennai director K Ravikumar has worked on a script for both that justifies the age gap. A Chennai source close to the director confirmed that it was okay if the script fits the bill.
“When Rajinikanth’s arch rival Kamal Haasan had cast Sonakshi in Vishwaroopam, it was the role of a woman married to a man far older than she. Sonakshi Sinha had backed out feigning a date problem. If Sonakshi is going to be cast with Rajinikanth who is far older than Kamal, the pairing would have to be rationalized for the North Indian audiences. In South, Rajini sir’s fans are used to seeing him work with heroines his daughter’s age”