Deepika was cast as Rajinikanth’s heroine in Rana whose film pooja was held on 29th April this year. Unfortunately, Rajini fell ill on the same evening and was hospitalized in two hospitals in Chennai before being go to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital for the treatment of the kidney problem which had been troubling him for the past few months.Though the shooting of the film was scheduled in December, it is now said that the shooting may not start before August next year. Rajini, in the meanwhile, would be starring in Kochadaiyan to be directed by Soundarya.
The fact that nobody bothered to inform Deepika about the postponement of Rana that already-delayed hasn’t gone down well with Deepika.Ravikumar’s statement that Anushka was likely to be cast as heroine of Rajini in his new film was the last draw as far as Deeps was concerned. This upset Deepika, when queried about the postponement of Rana’s shoot, said that she wasn’t formally informed about the same and added that it would be better if she is not asked about that. Sources close to her say that she has almost decided not to be part of the prestigious project any more.sourses says that she is still the heroine of Rana!