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My film will happen with or without Dustin Hoffman

Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | January 15, 2003 17:28 IST

Dustin Hoffman or no, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra isdetermined to go ahead with his English film,The Fifth Move.Vidhu Vinod Chopra

On the sets of his latest production, Munnabhai MBBS, Chopra reveals, "So far, there is no positive word from Hoffman, though he saidhe liked the script very much. I am also planning to offertherole to Anthony Hopkins."

Chopra recalls his meeting with Hoffman: "I had to meet himat 10 am. I was about to leave by 9.30 am, but just then, he called me. I was speechless. He told meI neednot bother going to his place since it would be difficult for me to locate his house. He added he would drop in at my hotel. To my surprise, he turned up much before ourmeeting.

"Our Bollywood actors will give hundreds of reasons and excuses for not meeting a director after they get established. But when I met Hoffman, I learnt humility," he continued.

Chopra saidhe had handed the script of The Fifth Move to Hoffman's aidesin Hollywood. The script then reached his manager (who, incidentally, is the actor's wife), his agent and finally reached Hoffman.

Chopra claimedhe felt like someone coming from Jalpaiguri district [in West Bengal] and living in Nallasopara (a Mumbai suburb) and offering a role to top Bollywood actor. "I was like the same person from Nallasopara because I was staying in suburban Michigan before handing my script to Hoffman," he said. "I was happy to see Hoffman's enthusiastic response." Dustin Hoffman

The Fifth Move is about two men playing a game of chess, in which one player is dead and the another, alive. Throughout the game, the player who is alive tries to discover the reasons behindthe other player's death.

In an earlier interview, Choprahad claimedIndian audiences werenot mature enough to understandThe Fifth Move. He explained, "The maturity level of the average [Indian] cinemagoer is very low. It is very difficult to make them understand suchsubjects."

Healso plans to cast Indian and Mexican actors in the film. "The Indian actors will be those who are close to me," he said,without revealing any names.



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