Italian Bond Girl Caterina to make Bollywood debut

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Caterina…Exotic looking Italian or French woman becomes a cliche in the West.

Caterina Murino’s beauty can perhaps only be rivalled by her place of origin — she was born in the stunning island of Sardinia, in the Mediterranean, just off the coast of Italy.

The beautiful Italian actress, best-known for playing the Bond girl Solange Dimitrios in Martin Campbell Casino Royale, considers herself as a global artiste. Over a little more than a decade, she’s done films in France, Canada, and China.

Now she is adding India to that list. Murino is all set to make her Bollywood debut in Rajeev Jhaveri’s upcoming thriller Fever, along with Rajeev Khandelwal and Gauhar Khan.

“I see this as an opportunity to make more Europeans open to watch Indian films. I was speaking to my best friend in France the other day and she had seen only one Bollywood film. I have seen only a few – Jodhaa Akbar and Salaam Bombay.”

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The fact that she and people within her social circle has seen such few Bollywood movies is part of a larger point Murino wants to make.

She says, “Isn’t it ironical that yours is one of the biggest film industries in the world and yet so few people outside of India are watching it? I am not saying Indian stars need international visibility to boost their stardom, but it’s important for cinema to transcend boundaries and reach and move as many people it can.”

Murino hopes that Fever, her Bollywood stint will help change that what with its international cast. “What’s also depressing is that most of the time, an exotic looking Italian or French woman is cast as a cliché. I’m happy that in Fever, I’m not just reduced to a clichéd role but have a layered part.” – CINEWS

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