August 22, 2006

Bollywood’s Bachchan to play genie in children’s film

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will
play a genie in his first children's film along the lines of
the Arabian Nights fantasies, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

The film, tentatively named 'Alladin and the Mystery of the
Lamp', will go into production next year, the Mumbai Mirror

"Right now, I am scouting for international talent to do
the special effects," director Sujoy Ghosh was quoted as saying
by the daily.

"Mr. Bachchan is very clear about the fact that if he's
doing a children's film its production values have to be on par
with international standards."

Bollywood, which churns out formulaic popcorn romances and
revenge sagas by the hundreds every year, produces few films
for children, but a new boom in animation cinema is bringing
about a change.

Bachchan, 63, has acted in almost 150 films, in which he
has played a wide array of characters, including the angry
rebel, the upright police officer and a crime boss.