August 19, 2011 13:52 IST
After Sonakshi Sinha and Deepika Padukone walking out of Kamal Hassan's ambitious Kollywood project Vishwaroopam, buzz is the South superstar has roped in Sameera Reddy to play his wife in the movie.
Says a source, "Kamal wanted an actress with a Bollywood connect. Sonakshi was first signed for it, but unfortunately she left the project due to date as well as weight issues."
Apparently, Sonakshi opted out of Hassan's bilingual film due to her prior commitment to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rowdy Rathod.
Once she backed out, the grapevine was buzzing with news of Kamal's offer being rejected by several A-List actresses in Bollywood.
Deepika Padukone, who also refused the role, cited a packed schedule as her reason.
"Plus she is to star opposite Rajnikanth, Kamal's archrival down South," adds the source.
Finally, Kamal decided to sign on Sameera. A source close to the actress confirms, "Yes, she is doing the film.
She is very glad to be a part of the project. Though she is too young to play Kamal Hassan's wife, it is a big opportunity for her."