KUALA LUMPUR: Bollywood tracks are leading to Malaysia, with a local company drawing big names to spice up the telemovie industry here with big bucks, well-written scripts and sound marketing strategies.
Close behind the heels of Sandokan hunk Kabir Bedi, who will be featured in a family drama which will be aired by a local television channel soon, doe-eyed beauty Kim Sharma will be in town next week to shoot major scenes for an upcoming local production, Maria.
The 20-year-old model, who speaks with a Dutch accent, had made a sensational debut in Mohabbatein opposite Bollywood heart-throbs Aisywarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan three years ago.
She will take part in a week-long shoothere and in Frasers Hill for the two-hour movie about a woman who sees and experiences strange things but could not distinguish whether she is dreaming or seeing ghosts.
The stunner, a familiar face in major commercials back home, will play the title role alongside local actor Shamser Sidhu, a 29-year-old model, actor and television presenter of Malay and Punjabi parentage.
He had previously hosted TV3s Take A Break and appeared in local sitcoms Kopitiam and Talk About Love.
Producer Baldev Singh of Sri Saheb Production Sdn Bhd said Sharma agreed to appear in the telemovie because she liked the script.
We gave her the script and after studying it, she told us she was ready for the role, said Baldev Singh, who had written the script.
Sharma, who has also acted in Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hai, Nehlle Pe Dehlla and Taj Mahal, is the second Bollywood star who will be signing for a Sri Saheb production.
Kabir Bedi had earlier been cast by the company to play the leading role in the upcoming telemovie, Father, which will be screened in conjunction with Fathers Day next month over one of the local TV stations.
We chose Bollywood stars to spice up our production and market our telemovies abroad, said Baldev Singh.
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