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Jahnu Barua steps into Hollywood

Veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua, whose Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara brought him international acclaim, is all set to direct a Hollywood production.

entertainment Updated: Apr 21, 2008 18:31 IST

Veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua, whose Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara brought him international acclaim, is all set to direct a Hollywood production based on a story related to his birthplace Assam.

"My next project will be an Indo-British co-production with an Indian as well as international cast," Barua told PTI, without naming the actors.

The film named Homing Pigeons will be shot in Assam and the UK.

"The shooting will start sometime in September," he said.

Barua plans to finish his first international project by March next year.

"But there will be no shift in my focus of filmmaking. My works will always be designed for mass distribution," he said.

Based on a story by Barua, the screenplay has been written jointly by him and Ferozi Anjirbag.

"It's my own story and has Assam as the backdrop," he said, adding the film has both Indian and British producers.

His latest Bollywood venture Har Pal, slated for July release, has Bollywood bigwigs like Dharmendra, Preity Zinta, Shiney Ahuja and Lillete Dubey in its star cast.

Another Hindi venture Butterfly Chase, starring Yashpal Sharma and Gauri Karnik, is readying for release. The film is set in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.

He is also making Anjane Dost, a 10-minute film which is part of a 10-movie series of Sahara Group.

Barua has won 10 National Film Awards and over 25 awards at international festivals.

Maine Gandhi... won him a number of awards, including best film in Japan's Fukuoka International Film Festival, FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award for the best film at the International Film Festival, Mumbai (IFFM), the best film, best actor and audience' choice awards at the Riverside International Film Festival in California, apart from being screened at the Dubai Film Festival.

Anupam Kher also won the best actor award for Maine Gandhi ... In the Karachi Film Festival. But awards are not what Mumbai-based Barua works for.

"The thrill of the audience acknowledging your film gives more satisfaction. My aim is targeting a larger audience," he said.

Barua's Halodhiya Choraye Baodhan Khai (Catastrophe) won the President's Swarna Kamal for the best feature film in 1987, while Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It's a Long Way to the Sea) fetched him the second Swarna Kamal for best director in 1996.

His Firingoti (Spark) won the national award for second best film and the best actress award for Moloya Goswami. In 2003, Barua was given the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian award, for his contribution to cinema.

First Published: Apr 21, 2008 17:40 IST