Chennai: Radio Jockey and actor Balaji, known for his work in films such as "Vaaya Moodi Pesavum", "Vadacurry" and "Yatchan", has landed an important role in Mani Ratnam's yet-untitled next Tamil directorial. "And this did happen for real. Grew up watching his films n now to be part of a Maniratnam film. Feels like a dream," Balaji wrote on his Twitter page. He also shared a picture with Ratnam. Most popular for playing hero's sidekick, Balaji is tipped to be playing actor Karthi's friend in the film. The principal shooting of the project will commence from Friday in Ooty. Also starring Aditi Rao Hydari, the film has music by A.R Rahman.