Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari had last collaborated with ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam in "Kaatru Veliyidai" in 2017. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who is basking in the appreciation coming her way for her brief but brilliant performance in "Padmaavat," has confirmed that she is set to reunite with filmmaker Mani Ratnam for another Tamil film.

Hydari last collaborated with Ratnam in "Kaatru Veliyidai" last year.

Confirming this development, the actress said she couldn't have hoped for a better start to 2018.

"The positive reviews for 'Padmaavat' were totally unexpected since I thought I didn't have much to do. Now I am again doing a film with Mani Ratnam, just a year after 'Kaatru Veliyidai.'"

Doing two successive projects of Mani Ratnam, does it mean she is his new muse?

"I'd love to be," she laughed, and added: "Which actress wouldn't want to work with Mani sir, and that too twice within one year? I learned so much while doing 'Kaatru Veliyidai.' I am sure this time again I will come away with something very valuable."

Hydari is unwilling to share any more details of the project, except to say it would take her to a new area of emotions.

"It won't be anything like 'Kaatru Veliyidai.' Also, this time I hope to speak my own Tamil lines on-screen. For 'Kaatru Veliyidai,' I had diligently learned the language and practiced the nuances. But finally, my voice was dubbed by someone who did a wonderful job.

"This time, I will try to do my own lines. But of course, I'll go with whatever Mani sir decides."

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