Mani Ratnam had initially planned to make a spy-thriller with Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Aishwarya Rai and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles, but, unfortunately, the movie was shelved due to various reasons. The latest news is that Mani Ratnam’s next film will be a romantic film along the lines of his blockbuster hit Alaipauthey.

Dulquer Salmaan, who made a mark with Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, is expected to play the male lead, while Alia Bhatt could be roped in as the female lead. An official announcement is expected to be made soon.