Richard Gere Goes Bollywood

Richard Gere reacts during an interview with The Associated Press in Bombay, India, Wednesday, July 7, 2004. Gere on Wednesday launched his new HIV-AIDS prevention campaign in Bombay, roping in Indian film and sports stars to help carry his message to the country's billion plus population about safe sex.
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It's another pretty woman for Richard Gere.

Bollywood star and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen will co-star with Gere in a new movie titled "The Expat," the 30-year-old actress told the Times of India newspaper in an interview published Thursday.

"I have already signed (to do) the film. And yes, Richard Gere plays the male lead," Sen told the newspaper. She did not say when shooting was set to start.

The movie, to be shot in Argentina, is a Miramax production and will be directed by U.S.-based Sutapa Ghosh, she said.

"I am looking forward to working with Sutapa and Richard," said Sen, who says she will play the role of a foreigner living abroad.

Sen was crowned Miss India in 1994 and went on to win the Miss Universe pageant. She has since acted in more than 25 films in Bollywood, India's prolific and popular Hindi-language film industry.

Gere starred with Julia Roberts in 1990's "Pretty Woman." The 56-year-old actor's screen credits also include "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Chicago" and the upcoming "The Hoax," in which he stars as Clifford Irving.