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Indian telly star bags Hollywood flick

TV actor Gaurav Chopra is working in a Hollywood film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 14:44 IST

Indian Television actor Gaurav Chopra has bagged a role in a Hollywood film, The Blood Diamond, where he will share screen space with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Gaurav, who is currently in South Africa shooting for the crime thriller, plays a small role in the film but he is excited about the project because most of his scenes are with lead actors - DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou, the Daily News reported.

Gaurav said director Edward Zwick (who also directed The Last Samurai, I Am Sam and Traffic) was "happy to have him" but felt the former was perhaps a little too good-looking for the part.

Hence the character, which was of a French journalist, had to be rewritten for an Indian.

"It is a huge production and, with everything planned right down to the minute detail, changing one thing has a domino effect. So I do appreciate the fact that they had rewritten the characterisation for me.

"The actual work that happens on set is at such a high-end professional level. While everyone there is very experienced, it is a question of how suitable you are for the role," he added.

Gaurav, who started his career as a model, acted in serials like Saara Aakash and Dil Kya Chahta Hai.

The Blood Diamond is a crime-thriller and revolves around a farmer, a smuggler and a syndicate of businessmen who match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Gaurav has become popular in South Africa since he played the lead role in the Durban-based theatre and film director Junaid Ahmed's West End-styled Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Crush.

"Bombay Crush has opened doors for me and I am going to use the exposure in the right way. Basically, I am saying I will be around for lots of other things, from television roles to event shows."