The international arena are definitely turning their heads and noticing Indian cinema. Starring in a Hindi film seems to be on everyone’s to-do list. Kambakkht Ishq and Blue have been two of the latest releases to have roped in big Hollywood stars however the roles have been quite small. However looks like Shirish Khunder, Farah Khan and John Abraham are adamant to cast an A List Hollywood actress for their upcoming venture which is jointly produced by all three and has John in as leading star.
Buzz is that they’re in talk with Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Christina Barcelona) and Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada) for a leading role. The two ladies are said to be flying from LA to India to finalise the deal. However Shrisih is yet to fully confirm on this news. He gave a statement confirming many of the rumours, “The story has a tremendous international appeal. The female protagonist will be a foreigner or so we decided to cast a Hollywood actress for it. Today, actors abroad are aware of Indian cinema and are open to working in films here. We have the means and we are doing what’s best for the film”
Shifting the focus from the female lead to the male lead now, John Abraham has made quite a mark for himself in both the local and international arena all thanks to Deepa Mehta’s Water which was screened at countless film festivals and has received acclaim in abundance! Speaking about his choice to cast John as lead Shirish said, “John is one of the few actors who can carry off a project like this. He has huge fan following abroad. I see him fitting perfectly in a venture like this”
We do hope that the fate of this project is not like Shirish’s earlier film, Jaaneman, which despite its hype and big release didn’t impress the audiences much (perhaps the releasing it simultaneously with Farhan Akhtar’s Don was one of the many mistake Shirish made).
For now it looks to be a project to keep your eyes out for as Shirish, Farah and John are planning something indeed spectacular with promises to deliver a project that will marketted to the international audience too. The title is said to be “Alien Sahib” and many technicians are also to be brought in from the west. Be sure to keep visting Bollyspice and we’ll aim to get you the latest news on this exciting project!