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NEW DELHI -- Mumbai-based film production company UTV Motion Pictures will produce Indian writer-director Vishal Bhardwaj's next film, with the working title Rangoon Express.

The film is co-written by Bhardwaj and writer-director Matthew Robbins (Batteries Not Included). In an interview Thursday, Bhardwaj said: "The film is set in 1943 Burma during the Second World War when Indian soldiers were fighting for the British against Japan. It's a musical love story revolving around an English stuntwoman acting in Indian films of that time."

Shooting is expected to begin around November and the film is set to be ready for release by April 2008. The film will be in English interspersed with Bollywood-style Hindi songs of that era.

UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala said the film's budget "would be in the region of $10 million-$11 million. We have the financing in place, and depending on what kind of international tie-ups we do for marketing, we could consider offering a share to potential partners.

"UTV has existing relationships with banners such as Fox Searchlight (with whom UTV co-produced Mira Nair's The Namesake) and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, among others.


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