METRO PLUS

Producer in the making

SUNIEL SHETTY and his seven-year old son Ahan took off to South Africa to watch the World Cup. "The girls (wife and daughter) were left behind at home," enthuses Suniel. He is all set to produce "Rakht" starring good pal Sanjay Dutt, to be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. The film is to be shot in a start-to-finish schedule in Bulgaria. Bipasha Basu is likely to play the female lead.

Suniel denies he's playing a villain in Shah Rukh Khan's home production "Main Hoon Na." "It isn't a villain's role. If it was, I'd have never touched it. I did the role because in some ways it is like that of the soldier I played in "Border". My character in "Main Hoon Na" has the same sense of patriotism." Incidentally, Suniel 's role was first offered to Kamal Haasan who declined it due to prior commitments.

Compiled by Ranjani Govind

SUBHASH. K. JHA

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