Docs ask Rajini to wait again


By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Nov. 14 -- A few days ago, Rajinikanth delighted his fans by confirming that he was "completely cured and fit". But the rejuvenated and healthy-looking star isn't allowed to put the shooting of his long-stuck film, Rana, in motion yet. Doctors have asked him to "wait for some time."

The story goes like this: After months of treatment and rest, Rajini a week ago started feeling better. He was keen to restart shooting for Rana. But since his doctors haven't given a green signal yet, Rajini's family doesn't want him to take any risk. As a result, Rana -that was supposed to hit the floors by the year-end -has now shifted to February 2012. Rajini too admits that since Rana is an action and costume drama, it will exert "too much of physical strain" on him.

The Robot star has also hinted that Rana might only start by early February 2012. But director KS Ravikumar is non-committal. "I met Rajini sir around 10 days ago. He is feeling good now but doctors have asked him to wait for some time before starting the shoot. He will be required to do some heavy-duty stunts like flying, riding horses and sword fighting, which will put a lot of strain on him.

That's why doctors don't want him to start shooting immediately," says Ravikumar. Refuting reports that Rana might be shelved, the filmmaker adds no dates have been locked yet to restart the shoot. "We are also not in a hurry to start the film. Let him be 100 per cent fit," says Ravikumar, adding that the female lead Deepika Padukone too has been kept in the loop about it.