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Bollywood plans film on Scarlett's murder

world Updated: May 03, 2008 19:26 IST

An Indian film director will make a movie on the slain British teanager Scarlett Keeling, who was found dead on a Goan beach, with Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif expected to play the lead role.

The film, "Rave Party", will follow the classic Bollywood formula with comic characters, sexy girls and troupes of dancers performing kitsch routines, director of the film, Prabhakar Shukla, was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.

Shukla said he wanted to show the seedier side of India's beach paradise.

15-year-old Scarlett was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18 and police have arrested two locals who allegedly drugged, raped and left her to die on the beach.

However, Fiona McKeown, Scarlett's mother, is concerned about the project, stating it would make "a mockery" of her daughter's life.

"It's far too soon to be thinking about a film on Scarlett's life - she hasn't even been buried yet," she was quoted in the report.

Fiona accused police of a cover-up involving local officials and drug dealers after they reported Keeling had drowned. A second post mortem examination found that she had been raped and killed.

Defending his project Shukla said, "The film will of course be commercial in the Bollywood sense. Singing and dancing always enhances the story. But the moving story of Scarlett's death will be there. I want to show the people what is happening in Goa - how there is a drug racket going on in the vacation spot and how people are slowly getting addicted and ruining their lives."