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Genie Bachchan to charm kids

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india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 11:40 IST
Reuters

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will play a genie in his first children's film along the lines of the

Arabian Nights

fantasies.

The film, tentatively named Alladin and the Mystery of the Lamp, will go into production next year, a newspaper said on Thursday.

"Right now, I am scouting for international talent to do the special effects," director Sujoy Ghosh said. 

"Mr Bachchan is very clear about the fact that if he's doing a children's film its production values have to be on par with international standards."

Bollywood churns out popcorn romances and revenge sagas by the hundreds every year. However, a new boom in animation cinema is bringing about a change.

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