Feb 5 2012
By Karen Bale
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SUPERSTAR Shakira is ready to head to Scotland to appear in a Bollywood movie.
The Hips Don’t Lie singer is in talks with film bosses about a lead role in forthcoming Indian blockbuster Desire.
It will be directed by Oscar-nominated Enamul Karim Nirjhar, who will shoot a large chunk of the movie in Scotland.
Colombian Shakira is in negotiations to sing on the film’s soundtrack and on the verge of agreeing to play an acting role.
If she signs up, the star will jet into Scotland in April with the rest of the crew.
Bangladeshi director Nirjhar said: “The film is at a very early stage but, yes, we are coming to Scotland to film.
“Shakira has been talking to our musical director Debajyoti Mishra.
“We hope it will be interesting.”
The movie, which will also be shot in Dover and London, is a musical about how desire plays havoc with people’s lives.
It is understood Shakira has been asked to play the role of Desire.
Mishra said the singer was impressed with the soundtracks of previous films he had worked on with Nirjhar. Shakira is expected to start recording the soundtrack with the London Philharmonic Orchestra next month.
Mishra said: “Before giving her go-ahead, Shakira had heard the soundtracks of Raincoat and Aha.
“She was particularly impressed – that’s what she said on the phone on the second day of coming on board.”
Shakira has only been in Scotland once – when she put on a spectacular show at Glasgow’s SECC in December 2010.
The star wowed fans with her hits including Whenever, Wherever and Waka Waka – the official song of the 2010 World Cup.
The singer is a huge fan of Bollywood.
In 2006, she asked Indian choreographer Farah Khan to put together a dance for her. She performed it to Hips Don’t Lie at the MTV Video Awards wearing traditional Indian clothing.
She has been linked to a number of Bollywood movies, including Kali The Warrior Goddess and Om Shanti Om – but has yet to star in one.
Bollywood recently announced Scotland as its No1 location worldwide. Hit movie Mausam was filmed in Edinburgh last year.