star, Drew Barrymore, will kick things up once again — this time in Bollywood. The Hollywood actor is to make her Bollywood debut in a film titled
, being made by an Indian production house.
Confirming Barrymore’s involvement, the film’s producer Santosh Kumar Jain says, “I really liked her performance in
and decided to cast her in my film. Fortunately, she liked the script and agreed instantly.” Jain, who is a well known film distributor, is making his debut as a writer and director with this flick.
“The film is about three women from different walks of life, trying to assert their identities. Drew plays the role of a foreigner in the film. The other two will be top Indian actresses. The river Ganga is in the backdrop throughout the flick,” Jain adds. Playback singer, Kunal Ganjawala, who has recorded a song for the film, says, “It was all hush-hush so far, and I’m excited to finally be able to talk about it. I recorded a peppy Punjabi-cum-Hindi item number for it. It’s great to be associated with a project that Drew Barrymore is a part of.”
The film will go on floors in November this year and is expected to release in 2012. While a major part will be show in the US, some parts will be shot in Haridwar and Benaras. “Drew will certainly be coming to India, but we can only confirm the date once everything is finalised,” says Jain, who expects the budget of the film to be R150 crore. “A mix of Indian and international music stars such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kunal Ganjawala and Sudesh Bhonsle are on board,” adds the filmmaker.
The Bollywood bug
Other Hollywood stars to have gone the Bollywood way:
Shakira will play goddess Kaali in an Indian film called Kaali- The Warrior Goddess.
Nicolas Cage to play the lead in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses.
Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards starred in Akshay Kumar starrer, Kambakkht Ishq.
Kylie Minogue did a cameo in Akshay Kumar-starrer Blue.
Ben Kingsley made his Bollywood debut with Teen Patti.
Snoop Dogg lent his voice to the title track of Singh Is Kinng.