There is a strong rumour in Kollywood that RaniMukherjee will be paired with Rajnikanth in hisnext film with Maniratnam. She was supposed to actwith Rajni in Sivaji, but she could not do so becauseof her tight Bollywood schedule. Now, Maniratnamwants a story like Thalapathy, which was a mega hit.He is keen on signing up Rani as the heroine for theyet-to-be-titled project. Though many actors,including Trisha and Asin, are in the fray, Rani issure to get the offer, say sources in Kollywood.

Offbeat themeA young man trying tomanufacture budget carsfor the market is the storylineof the new film underproduction, Yarukku Yaro.Newcomers Sam Anderson,Jothi and Varnika play thelead.

The cast also includes`Vennira Adai' Murthy,Pandu and `Payilvan'Ranganathan. Joe Stanleytakes care of the story,screenplay, direction,dialogue and lyrics.Erode Jeyakumariproduces the film under theUniversal Thavamani CineArts banner. The film hasbeen shot in and aroundChennai, in places likePadappai, Manimangalam,Chetpet, Nerkundram andECR. The film will bereleased soon.No to newcomers?Why is Bhoomika not seen in Tamilfilms these days? After Sillunu OruKadhal, where she starred with Surya,Bhoomika began to get offers to pairwith up-and-coming, second line heroes.She turned them down as she wants to bepaired only with top heroes such asAjith, Vijay, Vikram and Surya. But shedoesn't mind being teamed withnewcomers in Telugu. Of course, there isa reason - she gets a hefty payment to actopposite newcomers in Telugu.(tourintalkies.com)