Reports emanating from Mumbai say that Aishwarya Rai might be cast as heroine in the Hindi version of Ramana planned by A.R. Murugadoss. The diminutive director, who has directed four Tamil films and a Hindi film, has become one of the most sought-after directors in the country. Ghajini, which was made first in Tamil and then in Hindi by him, was his ticket to stardom in Bollywood.
Murugadoss launched his own production house last year and produced the successful Engeyum Eppodhum along with Fox Star Studios of Hollywood. He also relieved that he was likely to remake his Vijayakanth-starrer Ramana in Hindi. Though the male lead hasn’t yet been decided, it was rumoured that Sanjay Dutt might be cast in Vijayakanth’s role as the role requires a seasoned actor who can do justice to the character.
Simran, who once ruled Tamil films for close to a decade, played Vijayakanth’s heroine in Ramana. For the Hindi version, Murugadoss is said to be considering signing up Aishwarya Rai who delivered a cute-looking baby girl last November. As it was a ‘normal’ delivery for Ash, she is said to be in good shape and is itching to get back to have some action in films.
The film sends out a strong message against corruption wherein the protagonist collects an army of civil servants to pick out the most-corrupt person in every government department and hangs them in public to instill the fear of death in the minds of those who indulge in corrupt activities.
Bollywood hero Shah Rukh, who watched the Tamil version, is said to be mighty impressed and has reportedly expressed his desire to play the lead role. In all probability, he might play the lead role opposite Aishwarya Rai. The shooting is likely to commence soon, according to reports.