Mani Ratnam is making the film “Raavana” which is described as a modern take on the epic Ramayana. The film features Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram and Govinda in the lead roles.
National award winning actress Priyamani has been cast as Shoorpankha in the film. According to sources, Mani Ratnam approached manu Bollywood actresses for the role, but no one is said to be interested in playing the role of sister to Abhishek Bachchan who plays the role of Raavana.
After a futile search for the casting of Shoorpankha, the director zeroed in on Priyamani who consented for the role as unlike Bollywood actresses and some other southern heroines, she does not entertain serious attempts to break into Bollywood as a heroine.