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Indian actor's cameo in Blood Diamond


Vrushali Haldipur,CNN-IBN
Jun 17, 2007 at 11:33am IST

Mumbai: It's a five-minute road to fame, or well, almost – television actor Gaurav Chopra's blink-and-you'll-miss-it role as an Indian journalist in Blood Diamond has him getting roughed up by Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio in Africa.

Now, Chopra is basking in the spotlight back home in India.

Getting a role in the Hollywood flick was a breeze, all thanks to a show he was doing in South Africa.

“The leading face of the show unfortunately gets undue credit, so they had this misconception that I was a great actor and as this misconception spread, the casting director of the film asked me to join them,” says Chopra.

The film is directed by filmmaker Edward Zwick but here in tellyland it obviously didn’t ring a bell.

"She (casting director) said I work with Ed and I said ‘who's Ed?’ She said, Ed of I Am Sam, Last Samurai and I said, ‘oh I’m sorry I asked’,” says Chopra.

But certainly there were no apologies for the five-minute role.

(With inputs from Urmi Sahni)

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