Jackie Shan, Kamal to act together in film soon

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Chennai, Apr 25 (UNI) Hollywood actor Jackie Chan today expressed his ''yearning'' to act in a film with one of Indian cinema's ace actors Kamal Hassan even as Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and Malayalam superstar Mammooty said Kamal's yearning for perfection had to be emulated by every actor.

Jackie Chan, who participated in the glittering audio launch function of Kamal's latest offering 'Dasaavatharam' (ten incarnations) in which the ace actor plays ten roles,said he was in awe when Kamal showed rushes of the new film.

'' Immediately after watching the rushes, I felt that I must do a film with Kamal Hassan. I hope he would fulfil my wish'', Jackie who received the first copy of the audio released by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said amidst thunderous applause from Kamal's well wishers and special guests from Indian film industry who were invited for the function.

Kamal reciprocated Jackie's gesture and promised that he would do a film with the popular Hollywood star ''as soon as possible''.

Amitabh Bachchan said he had done just one film with Kamal while another was shelved. ''But I have always admired his perfection. I admire his dedication.'' Mammooty said he grew up watching Kamal's films and had been his admirer since his college days. Kamal also belongs to the Malayalam film industry, he added.

Bollywood stars Mallika Sherawat, yesteryear heroines Jayaprada, now a Samajwadi Party MP and Hema Malini also participated in the function.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi described Kamal as ''a world class actor''('ulaga maga nayakan) and observed that Jackie Chan and Kamal had a lot of similarities in their personal character besides sharing the same date and year of birth.

Kamal's feat of playing ten roles in 'Dasaavatharam', emulates the eight played by late English and Hollywood celebrity Alec Guinnes in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'' in 1949 and none by Tamil cinema's thespian late Sivaji Ganesan in his 100th film, ''Navaratri'' a 1964 release. In one of his roles in the film Kamal appears as US President George Bush.

Sony&BMC Music Entertainment company hold the audio CD and cassettes rights for the film.

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