Bollywood superstar Anand Rai has been booked to perform as an actor in the Babar Khalsa Festival, the biggest Bali-themed film festival in the country.
The star of the upcoming film ‘Anand Rai’ is scheduled to take part in the Bollywood festival’s main event on August 28, the Bhopal High Court has ruled.
The court, which heard the case on Tuesday, has reserved the decision on whether to allow Anand’s participation in the festival.
Anand has not yet given an official statement.
The festival is the brainchild of Bhopals favourite actress Anuj Sharma, who has also performed in a Bollywood movie, ‘Ananda Ashram’, in which she plays a former Hindu temple priest and has been called the country’s first Bollywood star.
Anand, who is an avid Bollywood fan, is also a producer and star of films like ‘Aap Ki Bhi Ka Na’, ‘Anamariya’, ‘Aamir Khan’, ‘Babar Khala’ and ‘Rohini Haiyan’.
The Bollywood actor, who was born in Bhopali, has also played the lead role in two movies, ‘The Raj’ and one of his latest films ‘The Baddys Bajwa’.
In the BKM, Anand is expected to play a character named ‘Gunde’, who leads a group of Bali’s finest and the only one who can save his family from disaster.
He is an extremely gifted and experienced biker and will be playing the lead character in the film.
The film festival is expected be the biggest event in the city in Bali this year, with an estimated 200,000 people expected to come to the festival on the first day of the festival in July.
Ananda Ashrai is the latest film to be released by Bollywood producer and director Anurag Kashyap.
It is being released in theatres on August 22.
Bollywood has long been a part of Bhojpuri cinema, but its roots go back to the 1990s, when Bollywood actors such as Anushka Sharma, Mitesh Bajpayee and Arjun Kapoor all made their big screen debuts in Bollywood films.
The BKMs film festival was also one of the first Bhoppuris film festivals to be run by Bhopps brother, who had started the festival a few years earlier.
The festival is a part-time event, and a total of four films are scheduled to be screened from August 15 to 22.