Rad­hika Apte is thrilled to be Ra­jinikanth’s new hero­ine

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Even as Rad­hika Apte con­tin­ues to rake in praises for her out­ing in Su­joy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya, the ac­tor can tick off another item in her ca­reer check­list — work­ing with mega-star Ra­jinikanth (inset). The Bad­la­pur ac­tor is — af­ter loads of spec­u­la­tion — set to be Ra­jini’s new hero­ine in his next pro­ject.

“It will take some time to sink in. I don’t think there is any­body big­ger than Ra­jini sir. And the di­rec­tor, Pa Ran­jith, is ex­cep­tion­ally good. So I was ex­tremely thrilled that it has worked out. And I am su­per ex­cited to fi­nally meet Ra­jinikanth,” says the 29-year-old.

In­ter­est­ingly, Rad­hika is the fourth Bol­ly­wood ac­tor — af­ter Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Son­akshi Sinha — to star along­side Ra­jini. “I think it’s a very rare op­por­tu­nity. Usu­ally, there’s a huge com­pe­ti­tion too for some­thing like this. So I feel for­tu­nate,” she says.

Although Rad­hika has had a tryst with Tamil cin­ema, she still calls the lan­guage “alien”, adding it’s go­ing to be the “main strug­gle”. “How­ever, the sub­ject is very dif­fer­ent and my part is very strong,” says Apte.

But does work­ing with Ra­jini come with its share of ap­pre­hen­sions to her? “The of­fer only was such that it was a very per­for­mance­ori­ented part and not just a song-and-dance role. I would have done it any­way. Just do­ing a film with him is great, but my role and di­rec­tor makes things even more spe­cial,” she smiles.

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