Rakshak film

Rakshak Sahni, an Indian television actor best known for starring in Ekta Kapoor’s “Kkavyanjali,” has been cast in a Hollywood film. (photo provided)

Known for his roles on the TV shows, “Kkavyanjali” and “Kasautii Zindagii Kay,” Indian actor Rakshak Sahani is all set to make his Hollywood debut.

Titled “Eastern Crimes,” the film, being produced by the Los Angeles, Calif.-based production house of NeuAsia Studios, reportedly revolves around organ harvesting, and is set in India and the U.S.

“The plot has an American cop who joins forces with an Indian cop to investigate the disappearance of his niece and its connection to a New Delhi crime syndicate’s global organ harvesting operation,” NeuAsia Studios announced via a press release, according to ANI.

“It’s rare that a role is written for an Indian actor to play a parallel action hero opposite a leading American actor in a major Hollywood production,” Sahni said in a statement. “So, when Mansur Ahmed sent me the script of ‘Eastern Crimes,’ it immediately got me excited.”

According to some reports, “Transporter” star Jason Statham has been finalized as the American lead.

With an estimated budget of $30 million, the shooting for the film is expected to begin in mid-2018.

The makers are in talks with six-time Oscar nominated director Peter Weir to direct the film, according to a press release. Weir is known for Hollywood blockbusters such as “The Truman Show,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

“Eastern Crimes” is written by Mansur Ahmed, who has also co-developed the screenplay for “The Treasure of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves,” being directed by “Casino Royale” helmer Martin Campbell.

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