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Shah Rukh to act in Hindi Casablanca

Friday, May 11, 2007
T Rajeevnath, a national award winning filmmaker, is all set for a daunting task of remaking Casablanca, one of the cult classics of Hollywood, in Hindi. He wants to make a Hindi movie inspired from the 1942 flick Casablanca that starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

The Hindi remake is said to be tentatively titled Sangam, and Rajeevnath has himself written the script. He believes Casablanca is one of the most outstanding movies of the last century.

Interestingly, Rajeevnath is hoping to sign none other than Shah Rukh Khan to play the role essayed by Bogart in the Hollywood classic. According to Rajeevnath, SRK has the charm and flamboyance to carry the role with conviction. Rajeevnath is looking forward to approach SRK in the coming days.

As for the movie's heroine, Rajeevnath hasn't decided yet. But he wants an actress of big stature. For the time being, the filmmaker has signed A R Rahman to compose the film's music and songs.

The Oscar-winning film had Humphrey Bogart in the role of an expatriate American named Rick Blaine, who owns and runs a casino in Casablanca. Ingrid Bergman played Rick's ex-lover Ilsa Lund, who is married to another man.

The film is about the inner conflict of Rick as he finds himself torn between his feelings for Ilsa and his duty to do the right thing by helping her husband, who is a resistance hero fighting against the Nazis. The Hindi remake of Casablanca will be shot in Andaman Islands and Shimla. The film's shooting will begin by the end of this year.

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