In what is touted to be the biggest Hollywood-Bollywood collaboration so far, superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, 36, plays an American cop, and Bollywood’s biggest actor, Shah Rukh Khan, 46, will take on the role of a former don.
The project, Xtreme City, to be directed by Paul Schrader of Gigolo fame, is a crime drama set in Mumbai. It also has song and dance numbers. SRK is busy filming in Malaysia, but his office confirms the news. Schrader had said in an earlier interview, "It is about two men who’ve worked together — a US policeman and an Indian ex-bhai. It deals with the world of crime, but also revolves around families, romance, obligations and farce."
Co-producing the thriller with SRK is Hollywood veteran Martin Scorsese, 68, after he met Khan and the film’s scriptwriter, Mushtaq Sheikh, at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Considering that both Leo and SRK are global heartthrobs, one wonders who will steal the limelight. "It’ll be Leo. He is a known name even in non-Bollywood areas. But, Shah Rukh will get a lot of prominence," says trade expert Taran Adarsh. Film analyst Amod Mehra says, "Obviously Leonardo, because he has a bigger fan following than Shah Rukh’s."