Aishwarya Rai and J. P. Dutta shooting for Umrao Jaan in Jaipur

J. P. Dutta has started filming for the remake of Muzaffar Ali’s all-time classic, Umrao Jaan in Jaipur with bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai, who is to play a courtesan and poetess, the role that Rekha played in Ali’s classic.
The first part of the shooting will be held in the City Palace in Rajasthan. Coincidently, the desert of Rajasthan has been seen in some of Dutta’s other ventures such as Refugee and Border.

Other than Aishwarya Rai, Shabana Azmi and Himani Shivpuri are in the city as well. Media is restricted from Hotel Le Meridien, where the stars are staying. The hotel management has tightened up the security at the hotel to ensure the stars are comfortable.

Abhishek Bachchan and Sunil Shetty, who also play lead roles in the film, will join the Umrao Jaan team soon.

Umrao Jaan is J. P. Dutta’s adaption of the Urdu novel "Umrao Jan Ada" by Mirza Haadi Ruswa. We hope Dutta can recreate the magic on the big screen.