There were reports that actress Pooja Hegde was approached by Mani Ratnam for his next film which is likely to star Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role and that she rejected the offer.
Now Pooja clarifies that she never rejected Mani Ratnam’s offer. She explained that her dates for Hindi film Mohenjadaro directed by Ashutosh Gowariker did not match to Mani Ratnam’s film. She is paired opposite Hrithik Roshan in this film.
Pooja said “Mani sir’s associates got in touch with my manager and I flew down to Chennai to meet him. We had small chat and he even elaborated on the role, which I was offered. I was blown away by the way he spoke about cinema, and I know he is Mani Ratnam for a reason. How can people say I rejected his offer?”.
She also said that she was required to sport a particular look for Mohenjadaro. As she had already committed to Ashutosh, she could not accept Mani Ratnam’s film.