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Actress Rai set for British drama
Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai was crowned Miss World in 1994
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is to star in a new British film based on the true story of a woman who was jailed for killing her violent husband.

Provoked is based on the autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a victim of domestic abuse, who was convicted of the murder of husband Deepak in 1989.

Her case was taken up by the pressure group Southall Black Sisters, and in 1992 the sentence was quashed.

Harry Potter actors Robbie Coltrane and Miranda Richardson will co-star.

"It's amazing how so many people relate to the story," said producer Sunanda Murali at the Cannes Film Festival.

"It's satisfying to be involved in a project like this that has so much value."

Former Miss World Rai, 31, is a huge star in her native India. Last year she appeared in the British romantic comedy Bride and Prejudice.

Indian actress Nandita Das will play an activist, while Naveen Andrews will play Rai's husband.

Kiranjit Ahluwalia was sentenced to life imprisonment after dousing her husband in petrol and setting him alight.

She later received an award from Cherie Blair for her courage.

The screenplay for the film is based on her autobiography, Circle of Light.

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