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Bollywood biggies in Spielberg’s next film

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 12, 2013
First Published: 02:08 IST(12/3/2013) | Last Updated: 09:29 IST(12/3/2013)

Indian cinema couldn’t have asked for a bigger gift just after completing 100 years. In a move that will catapult Bollywood onto the global stage, legendary Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg has decided to make a film that would feature Indian actors as well as Hollywood biggies.

“While Spielberg is looking at casting Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan or Hrithik Roshan as the male lead, Anushka Sharma is likely to play the female lead. Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are also in the reckoning. The international actors being considered include Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper. Richard Gere is also likely to play an important role in the yet-unnamed film,” a source, who did not want to be named, told HT.

The film, to be produced by Reliance DreamWorks — a joint venture between 66-year-old Spielberg and industrialist Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment — will be shot in India, among other international locations. When contacted, a spokesperson for Reliance DreamWorks declined to comment on the proposed project.

The Lincoln director, who is currently on a visit to India, is expected to attend a party thrown by Anil and wife Tina Ambani at their Mumbai residence on Tuesday evening. Guests expected at the dinner include actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar and filmmaker Karan Johar.

Spielberg also met more than 60 Indian filmmakers at an event moderated by actor Amitabh Bachchan on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Bachchan had tweeted, “And tomorrow meeting up with THE Steven Spielberg, and moderating a conversation with him, at an event for select fraternity.”

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