Cannes treat for Aishwarya

Her film, Provoked, will be premiered at the prestigious festival this May.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 14:25 IST

Prolific international producer J Murli Manohar has big plans for his latest film Provoked starring Aishwarya Rai. The true life biopic on battered wife Jasmeet Ahluwalia will be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this May.

"Provoked has been bought for distribution by an independent American company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, who distributed Monster's Ball - the film that got Halle Berry the Oscar (for best actress).

"In fact, there are some striking similarities between the two housewives played by Rai and Berry. Both are about the struggle for survival with dignity. My director Jagmohan Mundra and I are hoping for a similar impact for Provoked in the West," Manohar said.

Along with Provoked, Manohar will also premiere at Cannes his other film, Infinite Justice, about the terrorist killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl.

"So it's two true biopics for us at Cannes this year."

Next, the producer will go into Lady Godiva, a period bio-drama with Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Kiera Chaplin in the title role and Baz Taylor as director.

Back home, Manohar will now produce a lavish Kannada film. "I've made several Tamil films. But never a Kannada film."

He plans to remake one of his Tamil hits, Jodi, into Kannada with the on-the-rise Dhyaan in the lead.

"I have the music rights for AR Rahman's score in Priyadarshan's Doli Saja Ke Rakhna. I have already taken Rahman's permission to use it in the Kannada film."

First Published: Apr 15, 2006 14:25 IST