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9:30am (UK)
Bollywood Calling
Thu 30 Oct 2003
By Asjad Nazir, PA Features


Rising star Mallika Sherawat is set to push the sensual boundaries even
further with her next film Murder. The daring actress who became infamous
for her 17 kissing scenes in Khwahish will be passionately kissing two of
her leading actors in Murder.

The former model has come a long way in a short time. She will also be seen
in an untitled Indo-French production, which will have a French director
and an Indian producer.

A film based on the life of late Australian missionary Graham Staines is
being planned. Titled Murder of a Missionary the film will be shot in
English and Hindi and focus on the life of Staines during his stay in India.

Staines, a 57-year-old Baptist who had worked in India with leprosy
patients since 1965, was sleeping in his station wagon in a village in
Orissa on January 23, 1999 when he was attacked by a mob shouting
anti-Christian! slogans. He was tragically murdered along with his two
young sons Timothy and Philip.

They were burnt alive by the mob led by hard line political activist Dara
Singh, who was last month sentenced to death for the crime. The court
jailed 12 others for life in the killing of Staines and his sons aged eight
and 10.

Actor Irfan Khan will play the role of Dara Singh whilst a Hollywood actor
will be signed up to play the role of Graham Staines

When I met up with controversial director Shashilal Nair for dinner last
week he revealed details of his new film project. The Ek Chotisi Love Story
director will be following up the tale of the young boy in love with an
older woman with a Bollywood remake of Lolita ? the notorious Stanley
Kubrick movie based on Vladimir Nabokov?s classic novel.

The film will be shot in a start to finish shooting schedule from the first
week of November. The story of the older man falling for a young girl stars
Jackie Sh! roff and Dimple Kapadia in the lead roles. A newcomer will be
cast as the teenage Lolita.

The failure of Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon hasn?t stopped another
producer from putting the name of a famous film star in the title of the
movie. Main Banna Chahti Hoon Aishwarya is a low budget film nearing
completion. The two heroines Ashwini Kale and Manisha have been dressed up
as Aishwarya Rai look-alikes in the film.

The film has been written and directed by Arif Khan, who interestingly is a
lookalike of actor Anil Kapoor. Main Banna Chahti Hoon Aishwarya will be
released in February.

Action thriller Charas ? A Joint Effort is slowly reaching completion.
Written and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Charas-A Joint Effort stars Jimmy
Shergill, Uday Chopra, Namrata Shirodkar, Hrishitaa Bhatt and Irfan Khan in
the lead roles.

Sujoy Ghosh will follow up his impressive debut Jhankaar Beats by directing
an English film. Although the story of the film has been adapted from
classic Indian literature i! t will be a British movie with a mostly
English cast; only two Indian stars will be cast in the film. Ghosh says
the film titled, Minds Without Fear, is aimed at the global audience.
Adapted from a short story by Rabindranath Tagore, the big budget film will
be launched next summer.

Before he begins work on the film, Ghosh will write and direct his second
feature Borivali, which is a low budget Indian film.

The latest in a long line of film stars turning their hands to production
is Akshaye Khanna. Instead of producing a Bollywood film like all the other
stars, Akshaye will apparently be producing an English one for the world

Jackie Shroff and Sahil Khan have been signed up to star in murder mystery
thriller Dewani. The leading ladies will be signed up in the coming weeks
before the film embarks on a start-to-finish shooting schedule.

All of the film?s songs have been recorded using the voices of leading
vocalists Abhijeet! , Sunidhi Chauhan, Hema Sardesai and Sujata.

Two leadin g producers are fighting it out for the rights to the film title

Keshu Ramsay, who is currently producing big budget thriller Khakee, had
wanted the title for his next film, but producer Deepak Shivdasani had
already registered it.

Keshu Ramsay has signed up Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar to star in his film.

The producers of Bardaasht completed a major 28-day shooting schedule in
and around Mumbai last month. The climax of the film and two songs were
shot during the schedule.

Bardaasht stars Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Ritesh Deshmukh and Tara Sharma in
the lead roles. The film is being directed by E. Niwas and Vikram Bhatt has
written the story.

Bollywood babe Raveena Tandon got engaged to her boyfriend Anil Thadani
earlier this week, in secret. A very small and private affair, the
engagement ceremony coincided with Raveena?s birthday. Raveena met her film
distributor boyfriend during the making of her debut production S! tumped.

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