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Bipasha Basu-Josh Hartnett’s ‘Singularity’ in financial trouble
Roland Joffe’s Singularity toplining Bipasha Basu, Abhay Deol and Josh Hartnett might be shelved
It looks like Bipasha Basu and Abhay Deol will have to put their Hollywood plans on hold for a while. They are the Indian stars of veteran director Roland Joffe’s magnum opus Singularity that toplines Hollywood stars Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell. Joffe of course is best known in India for directing City of Joy starring Patrick Swayze, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi and therefore is no stranger to the country. Singularity too has an India theme with Hartnett playing a marine biologist who dives off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to save his wife. When underwater, Hartnett has a flashback to 1778 British India where he is an East India Company officer who falls in love with the Maratha warrior princess Tulaja Naik (played by Basu). Abhay plays the warrior Udaji and Atul Kulkarni and Milind Gunaji also have significant roles.
Alas the vagaries of modern financing have put paid to the Indian actors’ dreams of global fame as the film, budgeted at a whopping Rs 146 crore, has now gone into administration. The producers ran out of cash to complete the film and are now in debt to the tune of Rs 80 crore. Unless an urgent cash injection is made, the film is likely to be stuck in the cans. Click here to read more