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Amitabh Bachchan to walk Hollywood red carpet for first time

Agencies  New Delhi, November 07, 2012
First Published: 16:40 IST(7/11/2012) | Last Updated: 17:36 IST(7/11/2012)

Amitabh Bachchan is all set to walk the red carpet with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire next year for the premiere of his Hollywood film The Great Gastby.

A daily quoted a source as saying, "Amitabh is very excited about this premiere. It is scheduled for May next year, a week before the film releases. He is planning to attend the big event. He is the kind of figure who is worshipped in the country but has a global presence."

The megastar will be seen in Bas Luhrmanm's 3-D film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. However, he's humble about the role. "Baz Luhrmann was in India and he called my office. He had an artiste with him who wanted to gift me some paintings. We chatted in our office and at that time we did not really discuss any film project. After almost a year and half, Baz called me again and said that there was a small role which he wanted me to do. I decided to be a part of the film just as a small gesture," said Bachchan.

About his role Meyer Wolfsheim however, Big B stays guarded. "I still do not have the liberty to talk of the film in a personal capacity. Contracts bind me, but this I can say that it was a sheer delight to work with someone of such great genius as Baz Luhrmann and a host of co-stars that have astronomical presence in the world of cinema - Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire and the other greats."

(L-R) Amitabh Bachchan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby


About the film
The film is about a Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

The film also stars Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher.

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