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'Made' studio's first Indian feature

Warner Bros. will begin shooting its first Indian feature in January, the action comedy "Made in China," the company said this week (HR 8/22). The film, to be directed by Nikhil Advani, is believed to be the first Indian production shot in China.

Set to star leading Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as a lowly Mumbai cook mistaken for a martial arts hero, the film brings Mumbai-based Warner Bros. Entertainment India into the growing fold of major Hollywood studios to have launched Indian productions.

The plot of "Made," which also stars up-and-coming ac-tress Deepika Padukone, mirrors the real-life experiences of Kumar, who worked as a chef in Bangkok while learning martial arts before returning to India in the early 1990s to become India's top action star.

The film will be produced by Warner Bros. and veteran Bollywood production house Ramesh Sippy Prods. Advani's banner Orion Pictures Pvt Ltd. will co-produce, represented by founding partner Mukesh Talreja.