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Naseeruddin to star with Brazilian star

The veteran actor will be seen with Brazil's Kiss of the Spiderwoman actressSonia Braga in what is touted as the first Indo-Brazilian joint venture.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2007 15:58 IST

India and Brazil are set to tango in a cross-cultural film spanning three continents - the first Indo-Brazilian joint venture - which will star versatile Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah and Brazilian superstar Sonia Braga.

"Physical distance between India and Brazil can only be bridged by more people-to-people contacts. Films can act as a great emotional connector," India's ambassador to Brazil Hardeep Singh Puri told IANS here.

"One of the first films made after the two countries signed a pact in the area of audio-visual co-production will star Naseerduddin Shah and Sonia Braga. It should make an impact," Puri said.

Braga is a living legend in Brazil and is better known abroad for her starring role in Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

The co-production agreement should spur more such films as the pact provides for fiscal and tax incentives for those wishing to produce films with Indo-Brazilian themes, he said.

The agreement, which was signed during the visit of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to India early this week, will enable Brazilian companies to work with Indian companies to outsource work in different spheres of film production, including special effects, graphics and animation work.

The film, tentatively titled Tamarindo, tells the story of a Brazilian journalist who goes to Goa in search of his father and dramatises a web of themes revolving around homecoming, belonging and the tortured quest for roots.

The film, to be shot in India, Portugal and Brazil, will be directed by Kolkata-born Indranil Chakravarty and Brazilian film producer Ana Cristina Costa e Silva, whose love for India is reflected in the name of her company - Dharma Filmes e Producoes.

The joint production agreement is uplifting news for film producers from India in search of exotic locales, which Brazil with miles of beaches and virgin coastline abounds in. Dhoom 2, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu, was shot in Brazil.