Teen Patti the movie is an eagerly awaited Bollywood Film starring the Bollywood Icon, Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley, the actor who played Gandhi in the award winning movie of the same name. The film is directed by Leena Yadav and produced by Ambika Hinduja, the daughter of one of the billionaire Hinduja brothers under her serendipity films banner.
The movie seems to be based upon the Hollywood movie 21 about a MIT professor who recruits his best students to count cards in Las Vegas Casinos thereby earning a lot of money. The original film 21 starring Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne was based upon the book \"Bringing Down The House\" by Ben Mezrich or was it Busting Vegas?. Recently the discovery channel has a two hour documentary on the story called Breaking Vegas.
Teen Patti, the film seems to be a copy of the movie 21 but is based in the college town of Cambridge, UK and is based around London Casinos also the game is not Blackjack but Teen Patti. I understand that it is also shot in Pune. I expect the plot to be very similar to 21 with a few changes to the storyline. Although Ms. Yadav denies this and stated \"\'I don\'t deny the two films sound similar although I haven\'t seen \'21\'. My script was written long before \'21\' was released. So there\'s no question of me being inspired by the film\"
Teen Patti has Ben Kingsley playing Perci Trachtenberg (Ben Kingsley), one of the greatest living mathematicians of the world. Amitabh Bachchan plays Venkat Subramaniam, a reclusive math genius from India.
The film casts Madhavan, Siddharth Kher, and newcomers Dhruv Ganesh, Vaibhav Talwar as students. It also stars Raima Sen and Sharaddha Kapoor - Shakti Kapoor\'s daughter as students.
Saira Mohan, the Canadian born, Indian, French and Irish supermodel plays a seductress. You can\'t have high stakes casino scenes without a beautiful woman or two thrown in!
Apparantley, Richard Gere makes a guest appearance as does Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor and several other Hollywood and Bollywood stars. The producers are keeping a tight lid on the special appreances and the storyline to maintain an element of surprise.
According to certain industry reports, Amitabh Bachchan was paid Rs. 5 crores or $1.1 Million for the movie which is the highest he has ever been paid. Apparently, his shooting lasted just 3 days. Reports also state that he often called the director to make changes to the script even after it was locked in.
Teen Patti is due for a Feb 2010 release. I read that the release date was pushed ahead because of Ambika\'s marriage. Also Amitabh blogged on his blog about being angry at the out of control budget for the movie.
I will be posting a review of Teen Patti as soon as I see it. It will be the first day first show!
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