Deepika to pair with Rajini in Kochadaiyaan

Chennai: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone will romance Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in his upcoming flick `Kochadaiyaan,`.

"Deepika Padukone has been confirmed as heroine in Kochadaiyaan," film unit sources said. Padukone had been earlier cast opposite Rajnikanth in his `Rana,` since suspended after he fell sick on the first day of the film`s sets last year.

However, the superstar`s younger daughter Soundarya gave his die-hard fans, who had performed special poojas and prayers for his recovery from a reported kidney ailment, cause for cheer by announcing she would direct her father in `Kochadaiyaan,` believed to be a period flick.

The movie has already garnered attention with its first look, a still with Rajnikanth sporting six-pack, beard and a yogi-like hairdo, setting off anticipation about the movie among cine-buffs.

The star cast of `Kochadaiyaan,` which will be a hi-tech 3D film, reportedly includes Bollywood star Jackie Shroff, another top Tamil star R Sarath Kumar and many others.