Hrithik turns English teacher for Barbara Mori

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) It's not just fame that "Kites" has brought to Mexican actress Barbara Mori. She has also learnt English while shooting for the romantic-action thriller and it was none other than co-star Hrithik Roshan who turned teacher on the sets.

Apparently Barbara and Hrithik made a pact. Hrithik would teach Barbara English and Barbara would teach him Spanish while shooting for the movie.

"I don't know how much of the promised linguistic exchange worked, but Hrithik knows enough Spanish to understand Mori better than his character in 'Kites' who can't follow a word of what she says in the film," said a crew member.

Barbara has picked up enough to conduct herself coherently with the media in Cannes although apparently she would often turn to Hrithik to get the right word.

Film producer and Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan told IANS: "Barbara knew only Spanish when she started shooting for 'Kites'. That suited us fine since her character is supposed to understand only Spanish. During shooting she needed to communicate with her co-stars and the crew. She was forced to learn English. Now she speaks just enough to make herself understood".

"Kites" is being directed by Anurag Basu and also stars Kangana Ranaut in a pivotal role. The film's shooting is over and it has reached editing table. Rakesh Roshan is hoping for an October release.

"All the prospective buyers and mediapersons loved the trailer we took to Cannes. This was my first official visit to Cannes though I've been to the city for holidays," said Rakesh Roshan.

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