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Is Sonakshi terrified to share limelight with Aishwarya Rai?

Sonakshi Sinha gestures as she walks the ramp on the first day of the India International Jewelry Week in Mumbai. (AP)

By Film Correspondent

Indian filmmaker Mani Ratnam's bilingual film, starring Nagarjuna and Mahesh Babu, created quite a buzz after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave her nod to the project.

This will be the actress's first movie after a self-imposed sabbatical through pregancy and child birth.

So, it's obvious that the former beauty queen will be the focus and will hog the limelight before her grand comeback.

This also explains why Sonakshi Sinha might have turned down an offer from the ace filmmaker.

After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shruti Haasan were signed, the director was looking for a third heroine.

Ratman had approached Sonakshi Sinha, but according to an Indian daily, the actress has politely refused the offer.

The director met with Sonakshi's father, veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, and outlined the role he was offering.

Though she loved the role, she had to let go of the offer. Reason - Sonakshi's prior commitments and date issues.

The Rs100 crore lady must have realised that even if she had agreed to be a part of the project and Ratman would do justice to her role, there is always a possibility of Aishawrya stealing the show.

Aishwarya's association with the acclaimed director has been a long one. Ash's debut in Indian cinema was with Ratnam's 'Iruvar' back in 1997. She then went on to star in Ratman's 'Guru' (2007) and 'Ravan' (2010) and its Tamil version 'Ravanan'.

Sonakshi is presently busy shooting Action Jackson with Ajay Devgn and Tevar with Arjun Kapoor. Her upcoming film 'Holiday', opposite Akshay Kumar, is due to release on June 6.