Om Puri to star in ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ with Helen Mirren

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Leaving his personal life back in India, 64-year-old Bollywood legend, Om Puri is in Southern France with Oscar winning actress, Helen Mirren, shooting The Hundred Foot Journey, a Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey production.

The cheerful actor tells reporters that he and his estranged wife, Nandita Puri and ex-wife Seema Kapoor,  are in the middle of a very public battle in India, and that he’s grateful to have left his troubles behind him for a short time.  The actor faces domestic abuse charges back home and is in no hurry to return.  “I am far from the miseries of home and enjoying my stay here. I and Helen share a great rapport and that makes the shoot all the more enjoyable.” said Puri.   Indian actor Manish Dayal, will also be joining the cast.

The film circles around an Indian family which moves to France and starts their own restaurant across the street from Michelin, a three-star French restaurant, which is ran by Helen Mirren.  Puri plays a family man who falls for Helen’s character. Ooh La La!  “The romance is a spiritual one rather than being physical in its nature and as of now we have not shot any lovemaking scenes,” said the 64-year old.

The film is based on a novel by Richard C. Morais.

Helen Mirren & Manish Dayal Set for Dreamworks ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’

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Oscar-winner Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal of ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth‘ have signed on to culinary rival flick ‘The Hundred Foot Journey‘.  The film is based on Richard Morais’ best-selling debut novel and has heavy-hitters Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake producing.  Dreamworks’ partner Reliance Film will also be involved by distributing the film in India.

The film centers around the battles between a three-Michelin star rated restaurant, owned by Mirren, with an Indian restaurant, owned by Dayal, in a little town in the south of France called Lumiere.  Mirren will play the extremely talented but unpleasant French chef Madame Malory whom Dayal’s Hassan Haji pits his wits and natural born cooking talent against.  Who’ll come out on top?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Photo: richardmorais.com

The movie is slated for an August 8, 2014 release date.

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