Casting coup for Mira Nair’s next film

Casting coup for Mira Nair’s next film
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First Published: Sun, Mar 25 2007. 03 31 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 25 2007. 03 31 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: While critics and cine lovers are still soaking in the creative craft of Mira Nair’s story telling in “The Namesake”, she has moved on to her next venture, which is an ambitious project based on the book “Shantaram”, written by Gregory David Robert.
Excited at the casting coup that she has managed, wherein she has succeeded in getting Amitabh Bachchan and Hollywood icon Johnny Depp to share the same screen space.
Bachchan will essay the role of an underworld don while Depp is a heroin addict who flees from an Australian prison and comes to Mumbai. Depp has received critical accolades for his recent performances in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean”.
“The movie deals with the theme of identities with an attempt to figure out as to who is the foreigner, native and outsider,” said Nair who was in the capital to attend the India Today conclave.
The movie will show how the drug addict suddenly finds himself in a Mumbai slum and how he deals with being an outsider in a foreign land.
“After having made movies for peanuts, this is a film which will require nothing less than a peanut plantation,” quipped Nair, indicating that “Shantaram” would be a big budget affair, the filming of which is expected to begin during the fall of this year.
Thrilled at being selected for directing the project, this is a rare feat for Nair, who has been making films based on Indian stories while being largely based in Hollywood.
For a film maker with strong Indian moorings, “It is important to keep the continuum of the east and west going.” Both Salaam Bombay, one of her early films and “The Namesake” have been box office hits in the US, with the latter making it to the Top 20 film list.
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First Published: Sun, Mar 25 2007. 03 31 PM IST