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'Films on reincarnation have global appeal'

Films revolving around the theme of rebirth have an international appeal, believes M R Shahjahan, whose directorial venture Karma-Crime Passion Reincarnation is ready for release.

entertainment Updated: May 21, 2009 18:41 IST

Films revolving around the theme of rebirth have an international appeal, believes M R Shahjahan, whose directorial venture Karma-Crime Passion Reincarnation is ready for release.

The film, which has foreign actors, works on two levels - philosophy and thrill, the director said.

"There have been many reincarnation movies made in India. Such topics now appeal the international audience too because it has been scientifically proved," Shahjahan said.

The director said his movie was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last year and found international distributors. Karma.... will release worldwide in September-October.

However, Shahjahan will release the film in India only after the current multiplex-producers stand off on revenue sharing ends.

"It is an English film and there is no use releasing it in single screens. It is a multiplex film," he said.

Shahjahan has earlier directed Afsana Pyar Ka, featuring Aamir Khan and Neelam, and later Salman Khan starrer Bulund, which was shelved after 60 per cent of the shooting.

American actress Alma Sarcasi plays the protagonist in the film while German actress Claudia Ciesla enacts the character of her previous birth.

The story of the film revolves around Anna, played by Alma, who sees visions of a murder that took place in the woods in Ooty 30 years ago, the moment she sets her foot in the city.

Determined to uncover the truth behind her vision, Anna questions some people but they start considering her as a threat. Anna finally gets the help of Vikram, played by Carlucci Weyant, to resolve the mystery.

The film has has been produced in India with a multi-national cast. It has won Best Feature Film award in Marbella International Film Festival, Spain and Best Costume and Art Direction at Corinthian Film Festival, Greece.

The director said Karma.... has a visual thrill which would be liked by people.

To a question on the title, he said international audiences identify with the term Karma. "But, I could not take this name only because it is registered with Subhash Ghai," he added.

Shahjahan said the film has multi-national cast and crew but is produced in India. It has won Best Feature Film award in Marbella International Film Festival, Spain and Best Costume and Art Direction at Corinthian Film Festival, Greece.

The director said Alma plays Anna, who sees visions of a murder that took place in the woods in Ooty 30 years ago, the moment she sets her foot in the city.

Anna questions some people who then consider her as a threat. The nightmares occur frequently and with more specificity. Vikram, played by Carlucci Weyant, helps Anna to resolve the murder that had indeed taken place, the director said.

The director said `Karma.... has a visual thrill which would be liked by people.

To a question on the title, he said international audiences identify with the term Karma. "But, I could not have taken this name only because the title is registered with Subhash Ghai," he said.