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'Saturday Night Fever' actor to make Bollywood debut with Shekhar Kapur's 'Paani'

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NEW DELHI: Hollywood actor John Travolta is set to make his debut in India with director Shekhar Kapur’s highly anticipated film ‘Paani’.

Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa Bay, Florida, the actor said he is “open to working in Hindi films if I like the story and my part.”

Travolta, who received the most popular International star of all time award has known Kapur for some time. Even though the script does not have songs, Shekhar said he will put a song to make it truly Bollywood.

“I cannot deny music and dance in my life,” the star of the iconic musicals “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” said, citing it as a reason for his special love for Hindi cinema. “It is part of my soul. This is part of most of Bollywood’s films, and I agree with it,” he added.

The 60-year-old admitted that he enjoys Bollywood’s energy and life. “Hollywood can take lessons from Bollywood, which has a lot of unabashed confidence while film- making,” he said.

Travolta, who shared stage with Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan at the awards ceremony, said he has watched a number of Hindi films like ‘3 Idiots,’ ‘Lagaan,’ ‘Krissh’ and ‘Ram Leela.’ He also said he loved actress Priyanka Chopra’s debut music album ‘Exotic,’ and praised Deepika Padukone’s performance in ‘Ram Leela.’

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