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Hema To Launch Ahana As Juliet

Hema Malini's younger daughter Ahana Deol is all set to make her Bollywood debut. She will be launched  as Juliet in an Indianised  version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Aparna Sen and produced by
PTI February 13, 2011 11:34 IST
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Hema Malini's younger daughter Ahana Deol is all set to make her Bollywood debut. She will be launched  as Juliet in an Indianised  version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Aparna Sen and produced by her mother, says a media report.The film  will feature Prateik Babbar as a newage Romeo opposite Ahana's Gen Now Juliet.

Shooting of the film is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year. “ Hemaji wants to start the shooting of Ahana's debut film around September. Right now, she will be busy with the release of her upcoming production, Tell Me Oh Khuda ,” says an industry source.

Tell Me Oh Khuda , produced and directed by Hema, is widely being touted as the comeback venture of Esha Deol, who is struggling for a foothold in the industry despite attempting several bold and sexy makeovers in the past.Sources says Hema was impressed by Sen's unusual take on the Romeo- Juliet lore.

“ Aparna has a very different approach and style as a filmmaker. When she narrated her interpretation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy and said she wanted to cast Ahana, Hemaji instantly expressed her keenness to produce the film,” says a source.

While shooting starts in September, Hema and Sen plan to wrap up quickly and hope to release the film by the first half of 2012.

Earlier reports had suggested that Ahana will debut in Vikramditya Motwane's upcoming film, Gulabo . Motwane, who made a brilliant debut with Udaan has, however, decided to stall Gulabo for now and focus on another project.Aparna  Sen is presently busy giving finishing touches to the script.