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Updated: February 3, 2010 23:26 IST

Mallika pairs up with 'Avatar' star Laz Alonso

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Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is continuing her Hollywood stint with Love, Barack — she has been cast opposite Avatar star Laz Alonso in the political comedy.

“Laz Alonso is a talented and exciting actor. I’m very lucky to be working with him,” said Mallika in a statement.

American filmmaker Doug McHenry is directing the film where Mallika will play Aretha Gupta, a devoted, local Obama volunteer coordinator.

The story, a snapshot of a moment in time that was filled with hope, change, and passionate debate, follows the romantic and political rollercoaster. It shows that the month before election day, Democrat Aretha unexpectedly falls for her Republican counterpart (Alonso), a handsome, dynamic African-American working for the local McCain office.

Love, Barack also stars veteran actress Ruby Dee, comic actor Gerry Bednob and film and television actress Loretta Devine.

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