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Amitabh Bachchan’s Hollywood hiccup

Denzel Washington seems to have spoilt Amitabh Bachchan’s debut into Hollywood. The actor who has been earmarked to play the lead role in the film called ‘Shoebite’ will be reprising a role that Amitabh Bachchan has already shot for.

Well, here is the story…

The Shahenshah of Bollywood has finally taken the step towards Hollywood. The film in question is ‘The Great Gatsby’. But then Bachchan does not have anything more than a cameo in this film. The debut could have been much bigger and better and Amitabh’s debut in Hollywood could have been grander had ‘Shoebite’ not been stuck in an issue.

The film is a co-production between UTV Motion Pictures and 20th Century Fox. It has been written by famed Hollywood filmmaker Manoj Night Shyamalan and has been shot and is ready. But then the producers have had some internal issues and the film is stuck and has not been able to reach the marquee.

“We shot the entire film and then UTV said that they had some legal problem with 20th Century Fox because they said that this property belongs to them and they were going ahead and shooting this film with Denzel Washington. We have to go and tell them that we are almost through with this shooting,” says Bachchan rather upset with the turn of events.

The film directed by Shoojit Sircar is the first Hollywood project for Bachchan who has been shying away from working in the West. Hence Bachchan wants ‘Shoebite’ to also release soon so that he can claim his place under the sun.

“Now the matter is resting with UTV and Ronnie Screwvala. I don’t know what the outcome is. However, from my end we have completed our work and hope that film can be released soon,” he crosses his fingers.

Amitabh Bachchan is not the only guy who is hopeful of ‘Shoebite’ and expects the film to release. ‘Shoebite’ was directed by Shoojit Sircar much before ‘Vicky Donor’ was conceived.

Shoojit was fresh from the release of the film ‘Yahaan’. And the film had an average response at the box office then. Hence ‘Shoebite’ did not seem to have enough financial outcome for UTV and Fox to get into a strategic alliance. But now ‘Vicky Donor’ has released and had a great response at the box office and at the awards. The film also managed three National Awards for the Best Wholesome Entertainer, Best Supporting Actress for Dolly Ahluwalia and Best Supporting Actor for Annu Kapoor. Hence Shoojit hopes that if a film like ‘Vicky Donor’ without stars could do well then a film starring Amitabh Bachchan could rock the world.

“I have spent three years of my life in the film. It has a milestone performance by Mr Bachchan. I am pretty disappointed that the film has not released as yet. I can only request the producers to sort their differences out and release the film soon,” rues Sircar.

‘Shoebite’ is the story of a 60 year old man who sets off on a road journey for self discovery. Sarika, Jimmy Shergill and Dia Mirza are also in important roles. And we hope that the film will release and mark an important milestone in Indian cinema.

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