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Radhika to play the female lead opposite Rajinikanth!

Radhika Apte

By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 3 -- Even as Radhika Apte continues to rake in praise for her performance in the short film, Ahalya, the actor is ready to add another feather to her cap.

The 29-year-old is set to play the female lead opposite superstar Rajinikanth in his next Tamil film. "I don't know how to describe the feeling. It will take some time to sink in. I don't think there is anybody bigger than Rajini sir."

"The director of the film, Pa Ranjith, is also exceptionally good. So, I am thrilled that everything worked out. I am also excited because I will finally get to meet Rajinikanth," says Radhika.

She is the fourth Bollywood actress - after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha - to star opposite Rajinikanth in a film. "I think it's a rare opportunity. It's not something you get often. Usually, there is huge competition, too, for something like this. So, I feel fortunate," says the actor.

Although Radhika has worked in a few Tamil films in the past, she admits that she isn't entirely familiar with the language. "However, the subject is very different and my role is very strong. It's a really meaty role. From the look of things, and whatever meetings and discussions we have had, it looks like it will be a lot more fun because there will be a lot of preparations involved, which I enjoy," she adds.

On another note, is she sceptical that she might get overshadowed while sharing the frame with a superstar like Rajinikanth?

"My role is very performance-oriented, and is not just a song-anddance part. Although I would have done it anyway. Just doing a film with Rajini sir is great, but my role and the director makes things even more special," says Radhika, adding that the film "will tentatively go on the floors by the end of August."