Sonam Kapoor opts out of Mani Ratnam’s film

Samantha Ruth Prabhu has been roped in instead

Sonam Kapoor won’t be starring in Mani Ratnam’s new Tamil film which launches veteran Tamil actor Karthik’s son Gautham. The role has now gone to the upcoming Tamil-Telugu actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu who also will make her Bollywood debut with Assi Nabey Poore Sau. “At this point in her career going Southwards for Sonam would give the wrong signal to the filmmakers in Bollywood. Mani had his heart set on Sonam since she suited the young innocent effervescent sophisticated girl’s role. He had to look for a last-minute replacement,” said a source.

This is just the latest feather in Samantha’s cap. Ekk Deewana Tha director Gautham Menon’s next Hindi film Assi Nabey Poore Sau had an interesting role for the female protagonist who had to go from age 15 to 25. Sonam was reportedly considered for the role, but later Samantha was finalised for it. Samantha, who was introduced into cinema by Menon in his Tamil film Vinaaithandi Vaaruvaaya, was supposed to make her Hindi debut with its remake Ekk Deewana Tha. The role went to Amy Jackson instead and Menon will now launch her with Assi Nabey Poore Sau, said a source. The film pairs Samantha with Aditya Roy Kapoor (of Guzaarish and Action Replayy fame).