Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Martin Scorsese Film - Scorsese restoring Uday Shankar's KALPANA (1948)

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May 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) MTV Iggy is reporting that Indian Bollywood film actress Aishwarya Rai to star in an upcoming Martin Scorsese film.

According to the blog post, Martin Scorsese is taking on the onerous task of restoring the remarkable film Kalpana (1948) by dance legend Uday Shankar. No known prints of Kalpana exist today.

"Many Indian filmmakers, including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, consider Kalpana to be the ultimate cinematic dance extravaganza. The 1948 black-and-white classic was written and directed by Uday Shankar (Pandit Ravi Shankar’s brother) and his wife Amala. There is no full and complete print of Kalpana available in India. But now the World Film Foundation is going to take over the job of making Kalpana viewable across the world. Actor-director Satish Kaushik, who recently met Scorsese in Dubai, confirmed, “Martin Scorsese has definite plans of restoring Uday Shankar’s Kalpana. I saw The Mummy, a 1969 Egyptian film that has been restored.”

Read the complete blog entry at MTV Iggy.

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