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Shekar Kapur wants to cast Waltz in Paani

After working with international stars like Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has now pitched a role to Oscar-award winner Christoph Waltz for his long pending project Paani.

entertainment Updated: Apr 19, 2010 16:07 IST

Shekhar KapurHaving worked with international stars like Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger on his movies, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has now pitched a role to Oscar-award winner Christoph Waltz for his long pending project Paani.



(It was) just one of those days where I was going to drudge around complaining to myself about not believing in the scene I just wrote for Paani...I sat and it suddenly came to me. Something I have been wanting to do for long. Very long. I picked the phone and called my agent and said I want to speak to Christoph Waltz, the amazing actor that won the Oscar for his performance in Inglourious Basterds, Kapur posted on his blog www.shekharkapur.com/blog Sunday.

And so that evening I spoke to Christoph and pitched him Paani. I told him the story and the world of Paani. I told him about the character I wanted him to play. And he said he loved it. And we decided to meet to see how we can work it out etc, he added.

Waltz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards recently for his portrayal of a Nazi officer in the Quentin Tarantino outing.

After having a word with Waltz, the 64-year-old didn't take long to complete writing the scene.

That evening I wrote the troubled scene in Paani. I had a great actor in mind so it suddenly got easier, he wrote.