Bachchans in Dalai Lamas movie?

CANNES: French director Jan Kounen, whose latest film will be screened on the closing night of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, is headed to India for his next project that may star Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in the main leads.

“The film will trace the history of the Dalai Lamas all the way from the 14th century. It will blend dramatised re-enactments involving the earlier incarnations with excerpts from an interview with the current Dalai Lama,” said de la Roche.

He also indicated that the producers would soon be approaching both Amitabh and Abhishek with acting offers for the upcoming production. “We are very keen to cast the father and son duo in key roles in the film. Sharon Stone (who is a practising Tibetan Buddhist) will step in as the narrator, while Hollywood star Richard Gere will also be involved with the project,” added Roche.

According to de la Roche, this movie will be shot later this year in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and other parts of the Indian subcontinent. It will be ready for release in the second half of 2010.