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Anil Kapoor wants Smith in his first movie as producer

By Fakir Hassen, IANS

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Indian actor Anil Kapoor wants South African cricket captain Graeme Smith to star in a Bollywood film, and it is possible the leading ladies may also hail from South Africa.

Handing over a special token to Smith at a function here to mark a huge sponsorship of local cricket by local firm Sahara Computers, Kapoor said: "Graeme should have been a movie star - he's so good looking!

"When I make my first film as a producer, I'm sure I'm going to ask you to star in my film, and I hope you agree."

Another speaker, Gauteng provincial premier Mbhazima Shilowa, added: "I think we can (also) supply very beautiful South African women from among (those here tonight.)"

He was referring to a bevy of Miss South Africa winners who were attracted to Kapoor like bees to honey.

Kapoor, who was here for just over 24 hours, told IANS: "I've come here just for a day specially for this launch. It's a proud day for the Sahara Computers family and for South African cricket."

Kapoor is a close family friend of the Gupta family, which came from India seven years ago to start up the IT company that is now ranked the fastest growing in South Africa.

But unlike last year, when Kapoor joined a host of contemporaries during the IIFA Charity cricket match in Centurion, he said he had no intention of even venturing on to the field this time because of an ankle injury.

He said it has also affected his shooting for films as it takes time to recover.

"The more I rest, the quicker I will recover," Kapoor said, adding that there was not much time at the moment to do so. "In June I think I might undergo some surgery.

"At the moment it's movies, movies, movies! There are a lot of movies being made. I have quite a few films releasing this year - '<>Bewafaa', 'No Entry', two films with Ram Gopal Varma, and one film called 'Musafir'."

Having been to South Africa five times now for shooting various movies over the past decade, Kapoor still favours Cape Town as a favourite haunt.

"Absolute favourite! Even a person who is blind will come here, smell it, and say it's beautiful!"

Reacting to efforts by South African tourism authorities who are using Mandira Bedi to lure Indian tourists to South Africa, Kapoor told IANS in jest: "If they really want to know what is good for them, they should use me!"


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