Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone is the Southern superstar's leading lady in the film where Rajini will be seen in a triple role. Sonu Sood and Ileana D'Cruz are among the other prominent members of the cast.
Produced by Eros International, the film is directed by K S Ravikumar. Here's the First Look of Rajinikanth as Rana.
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The director said the shooting will commence with a puja by Rajinikanth along with the cast and crew.
Rana will be a live action magnum opus with Rajinikanth playing a triple role and will be released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.
Director Ravikumar said, "Rana has a strong story, a very interesting ensemble cast coupled with super star Rajnikanth in a triple role and promises to have some stunning visual effects that will surely take Indian cinema to the next level.
Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd added, "We are expecting this to be a landmark film for all those associated with the project".
The music for the film is being scored by A R Rahman, director of photography is Ratnavelu and editing would be done by Antony.
The technical director is Soundarya Rajnikanth, of Ocher Visual effects UK, a subsidiary of Ocher Studios Pvt Limited, and Charles Darby of Eyeqube Studios, renowned visual effects luminary and an Emmy award winner, is the creative and special effects director on the film.
The film is scheduled for release in 2012. Eros International along with NextGen Films, will produce the film through Rana Production Ltd.