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Bachchans’ ‘Raavan’ to premiere at Cannes Film Festival


Director Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Raavan, starring husband and wife Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, will reportedly premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

Raavan is said to be an adaptation of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic about the god Rama and his wife Sita, who is kidnapped by a demon king. Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman composed the film’s soundtrack. Raavan is expected to release in theaters worldwide on June 18.

Ratnam, a distinguished director of Hindi and Tamil films, previously directed Abhishek in Yuva (2004) and both the Bachchans in Guru (2007). Ratnam and the Bachchans are expected to attend Raavan’s screening in France.

Another Indian star—who has never worked in Indian cinema—will also grace the red carpet at Cannes this year—Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto. Pinto is expected to attend with the cast of the upcoming Woody Allen film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, in which she co-stars with Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, and Bollywood actor Anupam Kher. The film is premiering at the festival.

Pinto’s name was recently floated as a possible Bond girl for the next installment of the 007 franchise, which prompted a flurry of discussion as to why Bollywood’s leading lady, Aishwarya Rai, wasn’t in contention. The as-yet-untitled Bond film, to be directed by Sam Mendes, is rumored to be set in Afghanistan, and the word is the film’s producers have been scouting locations in geographically similar parts of India. (The last Bond film shot in India was Octopussy in 1983.) Pinto has denied that she’s been offered the role.

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival runs from May 12 to May 23.

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April 21, 2010