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'Leap year' for Ash

Aishwarya Rai has acquired the rights of The Last Legion.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 13:45 IST
PTI

Aishwarya Rai's international career is poised for a huge leap with the release of her movie

Mistress of Spices

on April 14 and two more films slated for this year even as she ventures into film distribution by acquiring the rights of her film

The Last Legion.

Mistress of Spices, directed by Paul Berges, husband of director Gurinder Chaddha of Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice fame, has been slated for release on April 14, both in India and UK," Rai's secretary Harii Singh said.

Rai has also accquired the distribution rights for her another Hollywood venture, The Last Legion, directed by Doug Lefler and starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley.

"She has acquired rights for the film and is planning to look at distribution as a business idea. But it is too early to say how many such rights she will accquire. She felt The Last Legion was a good film and that is why she took the decision," Singh said.

The Last Legion is still under production and the first rushes of the film were "promising", Singh said.

The third film Provoked, also featuring actress Nandita Das, is also slated for commercial release internationally this year, thus making it an important year for Rai in Hollywood.