The big breaking news in south cinema is Mani Ratnam signing Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu to do his next bi-lingual film in Tamil and Telugu.
Mahesh Babu popularly called 'Prince' in Tollywood has tweeted on Sunday (Feb 27): "Now for some big news. Met Mani sir this morning, yes the legendary Mani Ratnam. My dream is coming true finally. I will be working in a Mani Ratnam film. One of the happiest days in my life."
The buzz in Kollywood is that veteran director Mani Ratnam is working on making a period film Ponniyin Selvam with Vijay, Vikram and a third star. So is Mahesh Babu the third actor in the film?
Kalki's epic novel Ponniyin Selvan is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written in Tamil. It deals with the fortunes of the Chola Empire during the 10th century.
The story revolves around Vandiyathevan, a charming young man who comes to the Chola land to deliver a message from Crown Prince Aditya Karikalan.
Meanwhile sources in Hyderabad say Mahesh-Mani project has nothing to do with Ponniyin Selvan. It is a different film which will be shot in Europe! Will the secretive Mr Mani Ratnam please clarify, so that the media can stop their guessing game and report the actual truth?