In possibly the biggest role that a Hollywood superstar has essayed in an Indian film so far, Basic Instinct siren Sharon Stone is being cast opposite Amitabh Bachchan in a new movie titled Lost Love.
It will be jointly directed by Kolkata-based Tapan Saha, who assisted master filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, and Ron Calvy, who assisted Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather. Saha is also in talks with Abhishek Bachchan for the younger version of Big B and Amanda Seyfried of Mamma Mia! for the younger version of Sharon Stone. Shahid Kapur may join the cast, too.
“Sharon has read the script and has given her consent,” says Saha. “I will go to Hollywood soon to make her sign the contract.” The actress, he adds, “will be in India end of this year or beginning of next year for the shoot”. As for Bachchan, “we have almost finalised the deal with him”. The shooting would be at a hill station. “Kodaikanal, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar are options.”
The film is about an American girl who is dumped by her Indian boyfriend but still waits for him for 25 years. To find him, she comes to India. Saha is in talks with Lionsgate chairman Harald Ludwig to produce the movie. He is riding high on Slumdog Millionaire’s success. “There is a big wave of India in Hollywood, toh maine socha kyun nahin kuch hum bhi kar le,” says Saha, who is also directing Chimera with Billy Zane and Bipasha Basu.