After his mega hit ‘Endhiran-The Robot’, ‘Superstar’ Rajnikant will now enthrall his die-hard fans with a triple role in his first period film ‘Rana’, which went on floors here on Friday.

The 60-year-old actor will be romancing Bollywood damsel Deepika Padukone in her first venture in the multi-crore Tamil film industry.

Rajnikant will be joining hands with director K.S. Ravikumar, a combination often described as “successful and sure shot” in the industry.

They had earlier churned out the megahit film ‘Padayappa’ besides ‘Muthu’, which ran to packed houses in Japan and earned the southern superstar numerous fans in the Asian nation.

This will be the first period film for Rajnikant and stills showing him as a bearded warrior have already heightened expectations.

Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman will be scoring the music for this big budget venture in which Rajnikant’s daughter, Soundarya, is the technical director.

According to Ravikumar, ‘Rana’ has a “strong story, a very interesting ensemble cast and promises to have some stunning visual effects which will take Indian cinema to the next level.”

Produced by Eros International, ‘Rana’ is slated for a 2012 release.