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‘I’m not making English films to rope Hugh in’

Hugh Jackman charmed desi fans with his antics in India, but the X Men star won’t be seen in any Bollywood film, as suggested by certain news reports.

bollywood Updated: Apr 02, 2011 16:10 IST
Prashant Singh

Hugh Jackman charmed desi fans with his antics in India, but the X Men star won’t be seen in any Bollywood film, as suggested by certain news reports.

Around Hugh’s visit to India for FICCI Frames 2011, it was suggested that Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap had approached Hugh for his next directorial venture.

“Surely, I met Hugh. If I have got a picture clicked with him, it’s a given that I would have met him,” laughs Abhinav, adding, “But it doesn’t mean that he is going to work in my film. I haven’t become big enough a director to cast a global star like him. Plus, I am not making English films to rope him in. For now, let me make Hindi films.”

Abhinav acknowledges that he met the Australian actor as a fan. “I praised him for his films and also talked about Dabangg. He was excited to hear about it. Since I have several female friends who are big Hugh Jackman fans, I also told him that he had a lot of deewanis (devotees) in India,” he laughs.

For now, Abhinav is looking forward to start work on his next film, tentatively titled Project 18 that will be shot in Australia as a collaborative effort with the Australian Film Initiative.

“I don’t feel any pressure to match my first film’s performance. I know there will be expectations, but I am confident that I will live up to them,” he says, before denying reports that claimed he is casting Shah Rukh Khan in his next.

“Let the script and location be locked, then we will start the casting process. I will be going to Australia in May to finalise locations,” says Abhinav.