The actress is making her southern film debut with forthcoming Tamil period-drama "Kochadaiiyaan directed by Soundarya, opposite superstar Rajinikanth.

"Firstly, I would like to thank Soundarya for this experience. I would call 'Kochadaiiyaan' not just a film, it was an experience. Thank you for considering me for this film, Soundarya, and for believing in all of us. I would like to congratulate you for your courage to make this film," Deepika said.

"Kochadaiiyaan" marks the directorial debut of Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth. It is touted to be India's first motion capture photo-realistic 3D animated film.

Deepika said she never felt homesick during the making of the film at the music launch of the film.

"Thank you Rajini sir and aunty (Lata Rajinikanth) for being my home away from home and treat me like your own daughter every time I was here to shoot. This is my debut in Tamil industry and I hope all of you will enjoy the experience as much as I did," she added.

Deepika plays Princess Vadhana in the film, which also stars Jackie Shroff, R. Sarath Kumar, Nasser, Aadi Pinisetty, Shobana and Rukmini.

Jointly produced by Eros International and Media One Global Entertainment, "Kochadaiiyaan" is slated to release April 11.


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