It is almost certain that Manio Ratnam will start his next film around June with Mahesh Babu playing the lead role. The film as per reliable sources will be made only in Telugu and it will be dubbed in other languages including Tamil.
The film also star's another Telugu superstar Nagarjuna. There are unconfirmed reports suggesting Sruthi Hassan, Fahad Fassil and Nazriya Nazim will be playing important roles in the film.
There is also a powerful female character in the film for which Mani is said to be in talks with Aishwarya Rai. If she accepts the role it will be the comeback film of the former Miss World who has taken a long break in her acting career for maternity. The Guru and Ravanan actress is yet to decide on the offer.
It is said that if Aish could not be taken on board, the ace filmmaker may rope in another South Indian born Bollywood heroine Asin. Asin's last south Indian film was Kavalan that released in 2011.
An official press statement from Madras Talkies, the home banner of Mani Ratnam is expected to confirm the details about the project.