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Mani matters

MOST CINEASTES consider him to be a commercially savvy but the most artistic filmmaker of the country. Never mind if his initial foray into Hindi cinema met with a lukewarm response. Putting "Dil Se" behind him, Mani Ratnam is all set to make another Hindi film.

He has been making trips to Mumbai to put together a cast. Hrithik Roshan was on the list, but he is said to have refused. Now some names have finally emerged from the shadows of speculation. Abhishek Bachchan and Vivek Oberoi are certainly doing the film. And so is Kareena Kapoor. The girl is certainly on a professional high doing films of Sooraj Barjatya, Govind Nihalani, Deepa Mehta and now Mani Ratnam.

The film, which Mani originally wanted to make in Tamil, is about three young men chasing their dreams in a metropolis. The search is on for a third leading man.

Compiled by Ranjani Govind

SUBHASH. K. JHA

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