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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Bollywood heads to the UK
Jonathan Ross with Indian dancers Ishrat Shan and Karishma Kotak
Jonathan Ross is a huge fan of Bollywood films
Bollywood stars are coming to the UK to appear in two huge extravaganzas of dance and music this summer.

Scheduled for June, the live shows at London's Hyde Park and Manchester's Old Trafford Stadium will be called From India With Love.

They will feature movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta and should raise 250,000 for the youth charity, The Prince's Trust.

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Between them, the five actors have appeared in more than 200 of Bollywood's biggest blockbusters.

To fans, they represent the cream of India's movie A-list.

From India With Love was launched by BBC presenter Jonathan Ross, who confessed to being a huge fan of Bollywood films.

Organisers expect the live shows will be seen by 115,000 people.

The three-hour long events will also feature the full cricket team from the Oscar nominated film Lagaan.

I'm delighted that we're finally attracting the kind of recognition that we deserve

Aamir Khan, star of Lagaan

The two shows will be staged on 29 June at Old Trafford and 30 June in Hyde Park.

Getting the five Bollywood actors together represents a coup for the organisers as they are regarded as megastars in India.

Bollywood films are adored by millions across the world and in India, temples are even constructed in honour of the actors.

In fact, Amitabh Bachchan was voted the greatest star of stage and screen in a BBC News Online poll in 1999 - beating legends such as Sir Laurence Olivier.

Heart-throb Aamir Khan, the star of the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan, said: "It is going to be a fantastic occasion and a great opportunity to bring the very best of Indian cinema to such a wide audience.

"I truly think that there is a new tide turning in our film industry and I'm delighted that we're finally attracting the kind of recognition that we deserve."

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