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SRK - The Messiah

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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shah Rukh Khan has portrayed a number of roles in his illustrious career. Now he's playing a real-life messiah to E. Niwas. Sometime back, Niwas launched a medium-budget film called My Name is Anthony Gonsalves with newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi and Amrita Rao essaying lead roles. Quite recently, there was talk that Niwas had shelved the film , although the film-maker denied it categorically. But he did admit that he was going slow for the time being.

Well, the latest on My Name is Anthony Gonsalves is that two of the film industry's heavyweights -- Shah Rukh Khan and Bhushan Kumar of T-Series -- have decided to back the project. While the film will be presented by Bhushan Kumar, SRK's Red Chillies Entertainment will be the Line Producer of the film.

How did SRK come on board? "Shah Rukh loved the script when he read it," Niwas tells me, "We met through a common friend and he decided to back the project. His company, Red Chillies, is now looking after the production and marketing of the film." Although Niwas had barely shot the film for a few days, the film will now take off by August-end and will be completed by November this year. Since SRK is associated with the project, is he enacting a role in the film as well? "No, he isn't," pat comes the reply.

With SRK stepping in, My Name is Anthony Gonsalves is only looking bigger. Also starring in the project are Boman Irani, Rajpal Yadav, Pawan Malhotra, Lilette Dubey and Mukesh Tiwari, while Himesh Reshammiya [music] and Farah Khan and Ganesh Hegde [choreography] are also part of the team.

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