Kapur's 'Pani' gets Hollywood producer

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 06, 2005 03:37 hrs

Legendary Hollywood filmmaker Barrie M. Osborne, who produced the blockbusters 'Lord of the Rings', 'Matrix' and 'Face Off' will make a debut in Bollywood.

Osborne has joined hands with well-known producer-director Shekhar Kapur to produce 'Pani', a movie aimed at Indian and international audiences.

"I am working on this film with Kapur and I hope to get all the help from Bollywood," Osborne told AFP on Tuesday. The producer was in Mumbai to attend the three-day annual Bollywood industry gathering called 'Frames'.

'Pani' will be made in English and Hindi, with music by A.R. Rahman. Reports say that actor Vivek Oberoi may play the lead role.

The film is set in an imaginary city 25 years into the future where water supplies have dried up. The plot revolves around how water is used like currency with the rich owning whatever water is available.

For Osborne, Indian cinema holds strong growth opportunities. "India can become the focus of the world cinema if it makes a film that has a story of international appeal," he said.

"I feel the way 'Lord of the Rings' became catalyst for cinema in New Zealand, Indian cinema can also go the same way." Osborne said he would make use of new animation technology for 'Pani'.

"We will have animation technology in the film. We plan to introduce computer graphics and all other skills in this film as this is a very contemporary film and everyone will like it," he said.

He did not reveal the budget of the movie. Osborne said his interest in Bollywood started a few years back when he first saw a movie made by veteran filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

Ray is the only Indian filmmaker to be recognised with an Oscar. The Academy of Motion Pictures awarded him the prize for lifetime achievement in 1992.

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