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Bollywood star exits set over pay
Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai is a former Miss World
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has left her latest film after a row with her producer over pay.

Producer Bobby Bedi told the BBC Asian Network Rai had left the film The Rising, and said she would be replaced by actress Amisha Patel.

Rai met Prince Charles on the set of the film recently during the prince's nine-day tour of India.

British actors feature in the cast, including Toby Stephens, who appeared in the last James Bond film.

"Aishwarya Rai is no longer in The Rising," Mr Bedi confirmed. "It was the revised set of terms that her American agents had drawn up for us for not acceptable to us."

Rai, a former Miss World, has become one of the biggest stars in Bollywood.

Earlier this year she became the first Indian actress to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

She has been hailed by critics for her roles in films such as Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal and Devdas.

Rai has been tipped for Hollywood success - including a possible future role in a Bond movie.

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