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Italian lady steps into Bollywood

Renowned Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta has signed Aditya Basu Bhattacharya's new venture.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 11:36 IST

Renowned Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, who shot to fame with her role as Beatrice Russo in Michael Radford's Il Postino in the mid-1990s, will soon fly to Mumbai to star in Aditya Basu Bhattacharya's next film.

The film, Bollywood Cop, is the story of a tough encounter specialist who misuses his power and position to exploit a sensuous Italian woman making a living in Mumbai as a Bollywood item girl. The film will be executive produced by Cucinotta herself.

"It will be a dark thriller," Bhattacharya, who hopes to begin the single schedule shoot early next year, said.

"The film will be primarily in Hindi. The Italian girl will speak only a smattering of Hindi and English."

Irrfan Khan, one of Bollywood's finest actors and the star of Bhattacharya's last film Dubai Return, is expected to play the title role in the new venture.

While the lead actress will be one of the production partners, Bhattacharya's Destiny Pictures and Italy's Istituto Luce will invest a bulk of the funds for the making of the film. Cucinotta was in Cannes for a day to conclude the deal.

Talks are also on with another probable co-producer, Vishwaas Pandya of the Mumbai-based White Stripes Entertainment, whose last release was the critically acclaimed Jahnu Barua film, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara.

Bhattacharya's Dubai Return was premiered at the last International Film Festival of India, but it has yet to get a theatrical release.