According to our sources, after Rajinikanth saw Sonu as Cheddi Singh in Dabangg and Pashupati in the Telugu hit, Arundhati, he was keen to cast him is the much-coveted negative role for his Hindi-Tamil-Telugu trilingual film Rana.
Rana is slated to be a period-action film based on the lines of the famous Hollywood blockbuster 300. Directed by KS Ravi Kumar of Muthu and Padayappa fame, the film is to be shot in India and abroad with foreign technicians on board.
Hyped at being the most expensive Indian film ever made, the film is being co-produced by Eros International and Ocher Studios, the production house run by Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya. Deepika Padukone is the leading lady, and the film's music will be contributed by AR Rahman. Ratnavelu of Robot fame will return as cinematographer for the trilingual film.
On being selected as the villain for Rajinikanth's next, Sonu said he felt blessed that small town boy with no film background will work with the legend that he has grown up idolizing and that he can't wait for the camera to roll.