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Bollywood to Hollywood

The reigning queen of Indian cinema and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai is making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood. Bollywood films reach an audience of 5 billion which is twice that of Hollywoood. Miss Rai considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts, is ready to star in her first Hollywood movie.

“Bride and Prejudice,” a new film by the director of the hit “Bend It Like Beckham,” tries to speak to a global audience by refracting an iconic English novel through the prism of the Indian diaspora.


The movie by director Gurinder Chadha takes novelist Jane Austen’s 1813 classic “Pride and Prejudice” and sets it in contemporary small-town India.

What’s incredible about this is that even though Jane Austen was writing 200-odd years ago, she was writing at a time when women were not considered whole unless they were married,” the Kenyan-born, British-raised Chadha said in an interview before the film’s U.S. debut.

“That is still very relevant to many places around the world, and particularly small town India,” she said.

Look for the beautiful and talented Aishwarya Rai to make a big splash in the West.

**Update** Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai will be featured on one of America’s most famous talk shows — David Letterman’s “Late Show” tonight.

The interview, to be aired on February 9, comes two days ahead of the US premiere of Rai’s film ‘Bride and Prejudice’.

Airing on the CBS television network, the Emmy Award-winning programme marks the actress’ first appearance on an American late night talk show.

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