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May 2005

Director Tanuja Chandra's next venture Runway to be shot in a Gujarat village, is based on the upheavals of the 1971 India-Pakistan war as witnessed by a woman. Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff will be starring in the "emotionally intense" film which will be subtitled in several languages for global appeal. Chandra's other film Hope And A Little Sugar is also in the final stages of post-production. However, her Film Star is yet to be cleared for release.

Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai have been finalized for Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic on Prithviraj Chauhan. The film will now be shot in Jaipur and Jodhpur. Ajay also has Karan Johar's Kaal and Prakash Jha's Apaharan in his kitty.

Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who made his big-screen directorial debut in 2003 with the award-winning adaptation of Amrita Pritam's celebrated Partition epic, Pinjar, is now working on a script woven around the life and work of Urdu short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Manto chronicled the anguish and madness of the post-Independence communal riots better and more starkly than any other writer.

Sanjay Dutt has reportedly been signed for a sequel to the mega hit Munnabhai MBBS. The Vinod Chopra film has been tentatively titled Lage Raho Munnabhai.

Cricket legend Kapil Dev is all set to make a debut in Hindi films. He will play himself in a film on cricket to be produced by Subhash Ghai. Meanwhile, a film on the life of Hansie Cronje, the late South African captain, will be shot in India, South Africa, Australia and England, but will not feature any former or existing players. The movie will feature the life of the once-revered national captain from his childhood in Bloemfontein to the plane crash that killed him in 2002. The lead actor has not been finalized yet.

Shekhar Kapur's first film to be shot in North America, Solace will star Bruce Willis. He will play a doctor with psychic powers in it. Kapur is also making a movie on Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom.

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