Aishwarya to romance Mahesh Babu, Nagarjuna

The news of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s second innings in Bollywood has been doing the round for quite sometime and fans are waiting with bated breathe to see the diva return to silver screen again. Many names have come up who wants to direct Aishwarya but the latest name to erupt is ace director Mani Ratnam. Ash started her acting journey with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ and again she is going to start her second innings in Bollywood with the same director. It is reported that she will star opposite south star Mahesh Babu and Nargarjuna.

The film is question is purely women oriented and Aishwarya will have a strong character to play. Mani directed Aishwarya in films like ‘Iruvar’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Raavan’. But her comeback film will not have any chance for Abhishek Bachchan.

"Mani Ratnam shares a fabulous equation with Abhishek and Ash. But this time he's planning to direct a film that revolves around a female protagonist. Mani feels there is little room for Abhishek in this film. For Aishwarya, working with him post the birth of her daughter is life coming full circle. She started her career with him and now she's starting another phase with a film made by him," says a source.

It will be a bi-lingual movie starring Mahesh Babu and Nagarjuna alongside Aishwarya.  A source close to director confirms the news.

"Mani Ratnam is currently doing a recce as part of the film's pre-production. If everything goes as per plan, the film will be shot at foreign locations and shooting will begin in July," says this source.

It was also reported earlier that ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar is keen to cast Ash and Abhishek in his film and the couple too confirmed the news but they did not sign on the dotted line.