Richard Gere to work in Indian film?

New Delhi: If the grapevine is to believed, Hollywood biggie Richard Gere may feature in ‘I Am Kalam’ fame director Nila Madhab Panda`s next, an untitled project based on the issue of world food security.

Gere, a regular to India thanks to his Buddhist beliefs, was offered the role of a foreigner who visits India and gets involved with the socio-political set up of a village.

Panda, who enjoyed rave reviews for the critically acclaimed ‘I Am Kalam’, contacted Gere for the role through a common friend, said a statement.

According to a source, the 62-year-old veteran was impressed with the script and consented to do the film, which will also star Harsh Mayar, the National award-winning child protagonist of ‘I Am Kalam’.

To be produced by a company from the Netherlands, the film`s pre-production work is expected to begin this month, and Panda will shuttle between India, Amsterdam and Los Angeles for the shooting.

If all goes well, singer-actor Will Smith might also come on board, says the source.