Director K S Ravikumar today asserted that the latest starrer of Rajinikanth, Raana, has not been shelved and the film is likely to be released in 2012.
In a statement, Ravikumar said 'Raana is the superstar's dream project and his brainchild. Hence, he is very much keen on undertaking it and completing it successfully'.
Referring to reports that the film had been cancelled in view of the indifferent health of Rajini who is currently undergoing treatment at the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre in Chennai, he said 'We would like to asssert that it is a totally false newscast'.
Ravikumar said 'It is natural for people to fall ill and as our leading star is now not so well, we feel unpleasant about these rumours about the film being dropped'.
He said Rajnikanth's ill- health might have caused a minor glitch initially in the shooting plans, 'But Rajini is all positive about recovering and getting back into action'.
He said leading lady Deepika Padukone's dates for the film were only after July. 'The shoot is just postponed temporarily, awaiting his complete and total recovery. Subsequently, he is now on his way to speedy recovery and we are now hopeful of releasing Rana the following year (2012)', he added.
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