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Will they make it to Bollywood?

Percept Picture Company is looking for four street dwellers for their next film.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 19:10 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Four street urchins will get a chance to fulfill their Bollywood dream, courtesy the Percept Picture Company.

The company is looking for four such volunteers who will be plucked from street corners to star in the company's new thriller, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

Producers are trawling train stations, flyovers and traffic junctions in the crowded streets of Mumbai to find four youngsters aged between 16-22, who will be groomed for a movie about life on the streets.

The four will be chosen to play the lead roles in Kabootar, a story about their daily lives, their struggle for survival and their run-ins with criminal gangs. No established actors will be in the movie.

Thousands of youngsters run away to Mumbai every year in search of jobs or dream of becoming stars in the film industry centred in Mumbai, known as Bollywood.

"We wanted to make a film about their travails. In order to make an authentic film we wanted to use four among them," said Mahesh Ramanathan, chief operating officer of Percept Picture Company.

He said they were drawing up a shortlist of about 15 and should identify the four youngsters by the end of April. The movie is expected to be completed in September.

"This is commercial, it's not cinema with a cause. It's a very gripping thriller."
He declined to say how much the youngsters would be paid but added: "We will ensure they don't live on the streets any more."

Percept is the company behind India's first high-budget animation movie Hanuman about the Hindu monkey god. It was one of the surprise box office hits of 2005 in India.

First Published: Apr 20, 2006 19:00 IST