Sonam Kapoor bluntly declines ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam

Updated: May 27, 2010, 14:52 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: He is the director that every actor in the industry vies to work with, but, when Mani Ratnam approached dainty lass Sonam Kapoor, she refused him bluntly.

Believe it or not, but the actress, who was approached with a meaty role by the ace taskmaster, turned him down stating she “didn’t like the role”. However, if insiders are to be believed, Sonam declined the role as she was miffed with the presence of Vivek Oberoi in the film.

According to sources, Mani had approached Sonam for the directorial debut of his former assistant Shiva. The film itself is a biopic that Mani himself has scripted and tells the real story of a very close friend of his. Expectedly so, the film is a project very close to Mani’s heart.

What’s more is that Vivek Oberoi was much too pleased to get onboard when he was approached with the offer. Shaad Ali, who had a cold war going with Vivek since the time they worked on Saathiya, quietly sunk his differences and came on board.

However, when Mani approached Sonam to play the female lead, he was stunned by her refusal. Confirming the news, Sonam’s spokesperson confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Sonam was offered Mani Ratnam’s assistant’s film. However she did not want to do it because she did not like the role."

Nevertheless, insiders state that Sonam doesn’t want to work with Vivek, considering his standing in the industry.