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Acting bug bites flamboyant Jethmalani

The two-hour-15 min-long The Awakening has dialogues in Hindi and English. The special screening will be on March 9 in Delhi, which will be also attended by BJP leader LK Advani.
IANS | By Liz Mathew, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2008 05:04 PM IST

At the age of 85, flamboyant lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani, who earlier starred in a music video, is all set to debut in a film. "I am coming in a movie on Sindhi culture, which will be screened in Delhi soon," Jethmalani told IANS. He has a nearly 10-minute-long role in the movie "The Awakening" made by Dubai-based NRI Khushi Lalwani.

"In the film, I play the role of a chief guest who is handing over an award for a successful Sindhi person to the heroine. When she comes to receive the award I ask her what she knows about Sindhi culture," Jethmalani explained.

"Then the heroine refuses to accept it, saying she does not deserve it. But I say, 'I will crown you but you should learn about Sindhi culture.' She agrees and receives the honour. That's my role," he said.

A Sindhi himself, the flamboyant lawyer and former central minister earlier played the role of a lonely bachelor reminiscing his lost love in a music video Tanha.

The two-hour-15 minute-long The Awakening has dialogues in Hindi and English. It will be specially screened on March 9 in the Films Division auditorium in Delhi, a screening to be attended by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani, also a Sindhi.

"Jethmalani has done a great job in the movie," Lalwani told IANS over telephone from Mumbai.

According to Lalwani, the movie was a "bold attempt to show Sindhi culture".

"The Sindhis had gone through a bad time during partition. Although they were scattered throughout the world, they have made themselves a big success in whichever field they work. But they are losing their roots," she said.

The movie, which tells the story of a US-born Sindhi woman and her efforts to find her roots, will be presented in India and internationally.

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