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Salman Khan faces homicide charge

Plus: Saint Dracula 3D to screen at Jaipur film fest; Indian producer explores prospects in Georgia.

A lawyer says the Bollywood actor Salman Khan will be tried for homicide for his alleged involvement in a fatal road accident more than 10 years ago. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in jail. Deepesh Mehta, Khan's lawyer, says a magistrate on Thursday accepted an appeal by the state government prosecutors that Khan should be charged with homicide instead of causing death by negligence, which carries a maximum of two years in jail. One man was killed and three others were injured when Khan allegedly rammed his car into a group of homeless people who were sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in September 2002. Khan's trial begins on March 11. - AP

Saint Dracula 3D shown at Jaipur film fest

The filmmaker Rupesh Paul's horror movie Saint Dracula 3D, which screened last night at the Jaipur International Film Festival, is set for a March release across India. "Saint Dracula is essentially a story of love and passion. While building up the script, I went through the most thumping love experience of my life. It was in the air. It touched me and distilled me," Paul said in a statement. The film was widely acknowledged at last year's Cannes Film Market, Berlin Film Market and American Film Market and honoured by the Motion Picture Association of Antigua. - IANS

Indian producer explores Georgia

The producer Karan Arora has signed a three-film deal with two Georgia-based production houses to co-produce and release Hindi movie projects. The deal, with Metro Studios and Georgian Film Company, includes subsidised cost benefits when the films are shot on location in Georgia. The films will also be dubbed in Georgian. "The country offers quite exotic and versatile locations but what complements it is the cost factor. This is what got us to sign the dotted lines," said Arora, who plans to release two films - Kya Dilli Kya Lahore and Charlie Ke Chakkar Mein - in Georgia this year. Irakli Makatsaria of Metro Studios said: "We want to open doors for a long-term collaboration with the Indian film fraternity." - IANS