A singing, dancing star of India's famously colorful Bollywood movies has been tapped to play disgraced Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam in an upcoming Hollywood flick, "Billion Dollar Raja."
Mohanlal (full name Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nai), seen this year in "Confident Casanova," will take a more serious spin in the U.S. pic, set to film in New York for a 2013 release.
"Mohanlal's similarity to Raj is uncanny. But that's just a small reason for choosing him; he's such a brilliant actor and we are huge fans of his movies," director Nayan Padrai told the Times of India.
Last year, Padrai told Absolute Return he was drawn to the lurid facts of Rajaratnams story. "There's stuff in here you cant make up," he said. "There's sexual encounters, there's backstabbing, there's backbiting--its amazing that people who we oftentimes think are so much bigger than all of us are as human and as messed up as all of us. It's a really great story of greed and downfall."
Rajaratnam is incarcerated in a Massachusetts jail until 2022 after being found guilty last year of 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud related to pervasive insider trading.