Sush, Naomi together in a Indo-US film

The much-awaited Bollywood-Hollywood crossover is finally happening. As New York-based NRI film director, Manish Gupta gets ready to release Karma, Confession and Holi this May, he furthers the international trend of Hollywood and Bollywood joining hands to pool in talent and resources to make films.

Based on the inner conflicts of relationships, the film has stars like Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen and Supermodel Naomi Campbell coming together for the first time ever.

With two such well known celebrities, the film all set to woo the audiences. Gupta, an alumnus of the New York Film Academy, whose debut film Indian Fish in American Water (2003) did not quite make a stir overseas, feels that the movie is going to be an easy and entertaining film about universal emotions. Produced by Drena DeNiro, daughter of actor Robert DeNiro, Karma, Confession and Holi revolves around five couples who meet over a weekend in the U.S. to celebrate the Indian festival of color, Holi.

Sushmita plays the character of a yoga instructor (Meera) who is also a central female character of the film, while Campbell portrays the character of an aspiring actress (Jennifer), taken under the wing of an Iranian producer in the movie.

Incidentally, this is the first international project for Sen and the first crossover movie for both Sen and Campbell. Hollywood writer Marcus Guillory rewrote the film script, originally written by Director Manish Gupta, to make it suit a global audience.

The cast includes Hollywood actors Sticky Fingaz, Vincent Curatola, and Lisa Branch, and Indian actors like Randeep Hooda (paired opposite Sen), Vikram Chatwal, Suresh Oberoi, Rati Agnihotri, and Suchitra Krishnamoorty.

The film, co-produced by the Indian company Saregama Films and New York-based Rapture Productions, Inc., highlights the relationships between Indians and Americans in the U.S. and their personal conflicts. The film was shot entirely in New York and New Jersey.

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