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Indian telly actor bags role in H'wood

TV actor Gaurav Chopra bags a role in the Hollywood film, The Blood Diamond. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 18:28 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Indian TV actor Gaurav Chopra has bagged a role in a Hollywood film, The Blood Diamond. Chopra will share space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a report here said.

Gaurav, who is currently in South Africa shooting for the crime thriller, plays a small role in the film but he is excited about the project because most of his scenes are with leads actors DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou, the Daily News reported.

Gaurav said director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, I Am Sam and Traffic) was "happy to have him" but felt the former was perhaps a little too good-looking for the part. Hence the character, which was of a French journalist, had to be rewritten for an Indian.

"It is a huge production and with everything planned right down to the minute detail, changing one thing has a domino effect. So I do appreciate the fact that they had rewritten the characterisation for me.

"The actual work that happens on set is at such a high-end professional level. While everyone there is very experienced, it is a question of how suitable you are for the role," he added.

Gaurav, who started his career as a model, acted in serials like Saara Aakash and Dil Kya Chahta Hai.

The Blood Diamond is a crime-thriller and revolves around a farmer, a smuggler and a syndicate of businessmen who match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

    Gaurav Chopra

Gaurav has become popular in South Africa since he played the lead role in the Durban-based theatre and film director Junaid Ahmed's West End-styled Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Crush.

Bombay Crush has opened doors for me and I am going to use the exposure in the right way. Basically, I am saying I will be around for lots of other things, from television roles to event shows".

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 18:19 IST