my Sonam Kapoor has opted out of Mani Ratnam's new Tamil film which launches veteran Tamil actor Karthik's son Gautham. Says a source, "At this point in her career going South-wards for Sonam would give the wrong signal to the filmmakers in Bollywood. Mani had his heart set on Sonam since she suited the young innocent effervescent sophisticated girl's role to the hilt. He had to look for a last-minute replacement."

Interestingly, the role has now gone to the rapidly-upcoming Tamil-Telugu actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu who, we have reason to believe, has bagged another role in Tamil that was earmarked for Sonam.

Tamil-Hindi director Gautham Menon's next Hindi film Assi Nabey Poore Sau had a very interesting role for the female protagonist who had to go from age 15 to 25. It was finally felt that Sonam would be unable to look 15, no matter how hard she tried.

Samantha who was introduced into cinema by Menon in his Tamil film Vinaaithandi Vaaruvaaya was also supposed to make her Hindi debut in the film's remake Ek Deewana Tha. He now intends to launch 'Sam'(as she is widely known in the Tamil film industry) in Hindi cinema in style.

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