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U.S. premiere of Bollywood's 'Heroine' at Chicago film festival


Upcoming Bollywood release Heroine, starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, will premiere in the U.S. at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival on September 20.

The annual festival, now in its third year, will screen Heroine on its opening night at 7 pm at the Showplace Icon Theater (150 W. Roosevelt) in Chicago. The feature will be preceded by a red carpet event at 6 pm and following by a reception at 10 pm, both at the theater.

A special discussion about the film and its themes will take place after the screening with acclaimed lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and Heroine cast member Lillete Dubey.

The four-day festival will present 24 films, including five world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and 11 Chicago premieres. The films will be shown at Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago).

For the full list of film selections, visit For more information on the festival, visit

The director of Heroine, Madhur Bhandarkar, is known for hard-hitting social commentaries about such subjects as imprisonment, prostitution, the underbelly of the modeling industry, and cutthroat celebrity journalism. His films usually revolve around a female protagonist. In Heroine, he turns his lens on the movie business.

Heroine has been a long time in the making. While the director was originally in talks with Kareena Kapoor to play the lead, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was eventually cast in the role and had done a great deal of shooting before she was let go from the film because she became pregnant with her first child—a daughter, Aaradhya, born in 2011. Kapoor was then cast to replace Bachchan.

Heroine will be widely released worldwide on September 21.

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September 5, 2012