Amitabh Bachchan may release Hindi version of Harry Potter

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Discuss About the topicAmitabh Bachchan, who was recently named a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, is likely to release the Hindi version of JK Rowling's global bestseller Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.[continued...]
The release is scheduled in Mumbai on November 14, the birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that is observed as Children's Day.

The Hindi translation of the book has been titled Harry Potter aur Paras Patthar.

"We've got verbal consent from Amitabh Bachchan but are waiting for his written consent," said Vikas Rakheja, CEO of Bhopal's Manjul Publishing House, which is publishing the book.

"We're likely to get (confirmation) from Bachchan in a day or two," Rakheja said.

"I very much want my book to be released by the superstar," said Sudhir Dixit, who has translated the book, the first in a series that has sold over 80 million copies worldwide and inspired a hit film series too.

Rakheja is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the release of Harry Potter aur Paras Patthar is a grand event.

And just in case Bachchan is unable to commit himself to the book release, Rakheja is negotiating with other Bollywood superstars, including Priety Zinta, to step in and do the honours.

Some 40,000 copies of the Hindi version of Harry Potter's adventures at the Hogwart's school of magic will hit the stands across India November 14.

Manjul Publishing House has also tied up with a vernacular daily to allow people to place orders for the book through the newspaper.

"We tied up with the newspaper to reach even the villages," said Rakheja.

Him firm will publish the Gujarati translation of the book in January and the Malayalam and Marathi translations will appear the following month.

Rakheja is also trying to get the rights for publishing the book in Bengali.

"The book has been published in Bengali but only in Bangladesh. No Indian publishing house has the rights for publishing the book in Bengali in India and we are trying for that," he said.

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