The Villain is one of the most-awaited Kannada movies of this year, with two superstars Kichcha Sudeep and Shivarajkumar acting together for the first time. But the latest news is that Shivarajkumar is likely to act with another mass superstar Darshan.

Earlier, there were two factions- one supporting the Rajkumar family and the other supporting actor Vishnuvardhan. Thus actors, who were supporting Vishnuvarshan, rarely acted with those hailing fromthe Rajkumar's family including Shivarajkumar.

But of late, actor-director Kichcha Sudeep's friendship blossomed with the Rajkumar's family including Shivarajkumar. Now, the friendship is such that both actors are playing the lead in Prem's most-awaited film The Villain.

But on the other side, for reasons known only to them, close friends Darshan and Sudeep parted ways. Darshan is rarely seen mingling with the Rajkumar actors. But now, director Mahesh Babu has decided to bring both the actors together in a new movie.

A producer is said to have given an offer to Mahesh Babu to finance the movie, if he gets Darshan and Shivarajkumar together.

Reports say that Mahesh Babu has approached Darshan and he has expressed happiness to act with Shivanna, but has demanded a powerful story. Though Shivanna is yet to be approached, it is said that Mahesh Babu enjoys a good rapport with Shivarajkumar and the actor might yield to his demand if the story is unique and powerful.