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Here's Ash with a Punjabi twist

IANS
Jun 15, 2007 at 07:00pm IST

Mumbai: Actress Aishwarya Rai speaking Punjabi? That's right, the star is all set to dub in Punjabi for her much-hyped film Provoked that will release next month in six languages.

“We aren't just releasing the film in its original English language, we're also dubbing the film in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Spanish, and possibly a seventh language, French," said producer J Murli Manohar.

Aishwarya will dub for the Hindi and Punjabi versions. "To expect Ash to dub in Tamil or Spanish is unrealistic. But she's very enthusiastic about speaking in Punjabi for the first time," said Manohar.

ASH IN ACTION: Provoked will release on February 23 in six languages.

Provoked is based on the real life story of a woman called Kiranjit Ahluwalia who murdered her husband.

The linguistic blitzkrieg isn't random. "Domestic violence isn't just an Asian phenomenon. Through the presence of Aishwarya we want the message to reach every corner of the world," said Manohar.

He intends to fly down the film's distinguished British cast for the premiere.

"Miranda Richardson and Robbie Coltrane are expected to join Aishwarya for the Mumbai premiere. And, of course, the real Kiranjit Ahluwalia will attend it too. We'll also have a lavish premiere at Leicester Square in London," said Manohar.

Manohar is currently shooting Sajini, the most expensive Kannada film ever, in Bangalore.

Sajini launches a new girl, Sharmila, with the very popular pin-up boy Dhyaan. It's the first Kannada love story to be shot in England. We've spared no expenses to make it the most upmarket Kannada film ever," he divulged.

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