'Deepika was the only choice for Rana'

By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, July 9 -- Rajinikanth-starrer Rana doesn't stop making news. Even as the mega star recuperates in Singapore, reports have emerged that Sonakshi Sinha - and not Deepika Padukone - was the first choice for KS Ravikumar's big-budget directorial venture.

Ravikumar isn't amused with such talks. "Where do they come from? We didn't even think of Sonakshi or chat with her about Rana," says Ravikumar. Sources close to Deepika too are surprised with such reports. They say Deepika was offered Rana as well as Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam at the same time. But she was in a dilemma about her availability for both projects, as both films were huge and required her to do a lot of action.

Ask Deepika about Vishwaroopam and she answers diplomatically: "I don't like talking about projects I haven't sig