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Big B, Preity in an English film

Monday, February 19, 2007
UNI: Bollywood's current top ranking actress Preity Zinta will feature along side superstar Amitabh Bachchan in a forthcoming English film to be directed by renowned filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.

Making this announcement, Prof Arindam Chaudhuri of Planman Motion Pictures, which is producing the film, said the yet untitled film, slated to go on the floors soon, will feature Preity Zinta and Big B along with model-turned actor Arjun Rampal as well as accomplished actors like Shefali Shah, the Kolkata-based Jishu Sengupta and Divya Dutta.

Speaking about his new English film, Prof Arindham Chaudhari, the Chairman of Planman Motion Pictures (which has earlier produced critically-acclaimed films like Faltu, directed by Anjan Dutt, and Dosor, directed by Rituparno Ghosh), said, the film has a great script. This, coupled with a cast comprising of Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Arjun Rampal and a 'magician of a director' like Rituparno Ghosh, will help to ensure that the film will shape up wonderfully. He said it was first time ever that the cinegoers would see Preity Zinta, Mr Bachchan and most of the cast in an English film.

Says Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharjee, CEO - Planman Motion Pictures, ''we will begin the shoot towards the end of February.

An integral part of the film needs to be shot abroad, for which we are exploring several location options. As soon as the formalities are complied with, we will finalize the international schedule too. Infact, the production team at Planman Motion Pictures and the entire unit of the film have been scouting for the best of locations for the film besides obtaining services of the best technical personnel from the film industry.

Sources said the film is expected to be over by March End.

The launch of the film makes the number of films being produced by Planman Motion Pictures this year to six.

While two of its Hindi films are complete, two others are currently under production.. Further, one Hindi film is scheduled to star rolling soon...

Sources said the New English film by Rituparno Ghosh was based on late thespian Utpal Dutt's play Aajker Shahjahan.

This is the fifth film featuring both Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan, after Honey Irani's Armaan, Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya, Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara and Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna although it is only in Veer Zaara and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna that the two shared screen space.

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