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By Subhash K. Jha, January 20, 2010 – 11:09 IST
Emraan Hashmi won’t kiss his co-star Neha Sharma in his next film. The ‘privilege’ will go to an Australian chick.
Mohit Suri’s film Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad on racial attacks on Indian students in Australia will star four Australian actors, one of them would be a girl that the Indian hero (Emraan Hashmi) will fall in love with in Australia.
There would be an Indian leading lady, Telugu cinema’s Neha Sharma. But she wouldn’t get to kiss the serial kisser hero Emraan Hashmi. The smooching scenes in the script have been saved for the Aussie girl. Says Suri, “There will be some kissing in the film. And yes there will be an Australian girl. I can’t say any more right now.”
The director has auditioned a number of Australian actors and will zero in on the final actors shortly. “We start shooting in February. When I started researching on the problem of racial attacks in Australia I never thought it went so deep and far. My film won’t be only about attacks on Indians or Asians. It will look at segregation discrimination and racism among all kinds of people.”
The spoken language in the film would be a hybrid. Says Suri, “The characters will speak Hindi, English and other languages; Indian and foreign, spoken by students in Australia.”
Neha Sharma is the latest entrant into Bollywood from the South Indian film industry. The girl made her debut in Telugu films with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja in Chirutha.
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Karan Johar has shifted the outdoor shooting schedule of his untitled production, which is the remake of Hollywood film Stepmom, from Australia to US. The shift in schedule is his mark of protest against the attacks on the Indian students in Australia.
A source said, “Initially, Australia was finalised for the shoot. Now the shooting schedule has been shifted to the US. Karan did not want to shoot in a country where the Indian students are facing racism. Since he is in the US now, where he is shooting for My Name Is Khan, he thought that the other film could be easily shifted here.”
However, Siddharth Malhotra, the director of the film, maintained a diplomatic stand on the issue. He said, “Nothing has been confirmed as of now. We are still exploring all the locations. Whichever location suits the film better will be finalised. At the end of the day, it’s the producers call. Everything will be finalised by mid-July.”
The film goes on the floors in October and stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in lead roles.