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Heading West: Prem Chopra stars in Hollywood film

Jun 03, 2009 03:12 AM IST India India

New Delhi: At 74 when most actors head into the sunset, one of Bollywood's original bad men Prem Chopra is heading for Hollywood.

"Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra (My name is Prem, Prem Chopra)" it was this memorable dialogue from the film Bobby that catapulted Prem Chopra to Bollywood's hall of baddies.

400 films later, the 74-year-old actor is still going strong and going international with a film titled Heartland to be directed by double Day Emmy award winning director Fred Holmes.

"There is an American film for which I am going on Wednesday to Ludhiana and then my shooting stint in America the film is called Heartland it is being directed by an American director and American actors are a part of it. There some Indian actors too," said Prem.

"I am a patriarch of the family, a very important character and I am glad to do such roles now, it gives me great scope to perform to the best of my ability. It's also good to keep myself busy. I think every actor wants to keep on doing something unless and until he stops getting work or he is physically unable to do it," he added.

Though Heartland's shooting schedule got postponed due to the recent unrest in Punjab, production is expected to resume soon.

Prem Chopra was last seen in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6 and is now a part of Shimit Amin's next, Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year where he plays Ranbir Kapoor's grandfather. And with conventional villains going out of fashion the bad man himself seems to have moved on.

"The heroes themselves want to play villains, suddenly they have discovered that the role of a villain brings them the more opportunity of performance. Stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have played negative roles," he said.