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Indian director to helm movie on MH370 tragedy

AP  Cannes, May 17, 2014
First Published: 12:16 IST(17/5/2014) | Last Updated: 14:31 IST(17/5/2014)

It's not a Hollywood production, but a movie about the Malaysian plane tragedy is in the works and should be in theatres later this year.

Rupesh Paul Production is promoting The Vanishing Act among buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. A poster for it promises to tell "the untold story" of the missing plane, but in an interview on Friday, the associate director of the movie, Sritama Dutta, said the only similarities between the thriller and the real-life disaster is that a plane is missing.

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"It has got no similarities," said Dutta, adding there have been so many developments with the actual case that it wouldn't be practical to try to mirror it. "We cannot keep up with the true facts, it's changing every day."

Dutta said Indian director Rupesh Paul will film the movie and a multi-ethnic cast for it could be revealed before Cannes ends on May 25. Paul hopes to shoot the film in India and the United States and plans a worldwide release in September.

Authorities still have not been able to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 when it went missing. The search for the plane has made headlines worldwide.

Paul's movie Kamasutra 3D is being screened outside the Cannes competition this year.

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