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Mike Tyson to make Bollywood foray

entertainment Updated: Apr 13, 2007 21:32 IST
Rituporna Ghosh

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will soon make his stocky presence felt in India's Bollywood cinema.

Bollywood producer Firoz Nadiadwala, who produced one of last year's biggest hits

Phir Hera Pheri

is all set to finalise a deal with Tyson to star in a promotional video for his upcoming film



The action-comedy is to be directed by choreographer-turned-director Ahmed Khan and will star well-known Bollywood actors such as Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty and Shahid Kapoor.

"We are in talks with Tyson. Some paperwork is left for the deal to be absolutely complete," Khan said, adding Tyson would commence a three-day shoot in India April 20 onwards.

Tyson will play a part in a promotional song composed by popular Indian music director and singer Himesh Reshammiya. Tyson rose to fame as the youngest world champion heavyweight in history, and in his prime was considered unbeatable.

But the troubled boxer, who once styled himself the "baddest man on the planet," was banned from the ring for a year for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight and has served three years of a six-year sentence after his 1992 conviction for the rape of a beauty queen in an Indianopolis hotel room. He is also scheduled to stand trial over drug charges in a US court in August.