British actor Sir Ben Kingsley, well known for his Oscar-winning performance as Gandhi (1982) is set to play the role of Shah Jahan, who built the famous Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaj, in the upcoming film ‘Taj.’ It is said that Aishwarya Rai plays opposite to Ben Kingsley in this film as Mumtaj. The shooting is scheduled to start in the month of July and the prime location of shooting is said to be Agra, where the actual Taj Mahal is located. The film is planned to release in 2011. Kingsley’s wife Brazilian actress Daniela Lavender plays the role of Shah Jahan’s first wife, Gandhari Begum, the Persian princess. Kingsley’s company, SBK productions is producing the film. The story of the film has important role for Shah Jahan’s first wife, who was active in the king’s household matters. It is said that Aishwarya is very much delighted and immediately accepted the offer for the role.

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