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Since 1st March, 1999
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Lady suspense for Salman

Mumbai, Sept. 5: Britney Spears may well be dancing around the trees with Salman Khan.

Or Gwyneth Paltrow. Or Jennifer Love-Hewitt.

For Marigold, the first “real” Hollywood-Bollywood project, it will be business as usual for Salman Khan, who plays the dancing hero (he is a choreographer in the film). But for the lady to be cast opposite him, her role may not be too familiar.

Hollywood’s Hyperion Studio, a leading producer of animation and television features, which is also producing Marigold, are looking at some of the hottest names from Hollywood to play Salman’s heroine.

“The name is not finalised, though there are many rumours. But Hyperion is looking at Britney spears, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Love-Hewitt, among others,” says Buzz, the public relations agency for Marigold.

“We are looking at an internally known actress in her twenties. Marigold will be a kind of a movie-within-a-movie where a young Hollywood actress finds herself acting for a Bollywood movie. She falls in love with Salman, who is the choreographer for the film and who treats the actress as his equal,” says Siddharth Jain of Hyperion. He adds that Britney Spears is one of the names being considered.

Marigold, to be directed by Hyperion co-founder Willard Carroll — who also made Playing by Heart with Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie — will have an all-Indian cast (except the heroine), an Indian locale (outdoor locations will be shot in Rajasthan) and an all-Hollywood crew.

This will be the first time that a Bollywood rage will feature romantically opposite a top Hollywood star. The film will be shot in English and Hindi. The English version will be marketed internationally the same way as any other Hollywood movie.

“We took Salman because he is also an overseas rage. We had in mind other top male Bollywood stars, but non-Indians reacted most positively to him,” says Jain.

The film will be shot on a budget of around $10 million, which is a lot for Bollywood, but not quite so much for Hollywood.

Hyperion is also looking at making a television serial on an Indian family for an American channel.


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