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World comes calling

India is where the action is for a host of Hollywood stars in the near future. Damini Purkayastha tells more.

entertainment Updated: Jun 30, 2009 18:26 IST
Damini Purkayastha

A constellation of Hollywood stars is descending on India within the next few months — Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts and Sylvester Stallone are among the A-listers coming here to either shoot or promote their films.

Flying in at the end of the month is Rambo aka Sly Stallone, who will be Akshay Kumar’s guest while they promote Kambakkht Ishq. The action legend is slated to arrive before the film’s grand premiere on July 2 in Mumbai.

According to reports, not one but two James Bonds are visiting India soon. Reigning Agent 007 Daniel Craig and his immediate predecessor Pierce Brosnan will shoot for a film with the Kanchenjunga in the backdrop. Details of the big banner production are still closely guarded.

Angelina Jolie, who scorched screens last year playing a deadly assassin in Wanted, is wanted back for the sequel by director Timur Bekmabetov. About Wanted 2, Bekmabetov said that production would begin in July with a budget close to $150 million. “I think shooting will be in late autumn or winter. It will take place in America, India and Russia,” he said in an interview.

Director Tapan Saha has cast Basic Instinct hottie Sharon Stone for his next film Last Love. The story is about an American abandoned by her Indian lover, and Sharon’s character will find herself searching for love in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem will shoot parts of their film Eat, Pray, Love in India in July. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, the story is of a woman who falls in love with a man she meets at an Indian ashram. Produced by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, the film will also be shot in New York, Rome and Bali.

Recently, actors Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, too, were in India, shooting at a tea garden in Darjeeling for The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir of The Truman Show fame.

Sources say that Titanic director James Cameron will also be in India at the end of July to meet with a Buddhist monk of whom he is a great follower.