Mike Myers' The Love Guru isn't the only film Ben Kingsley is cooking up, but this time around, it's a little more serious. Just a smidge. Reuters has reported that the actor talked with the Times of India about his new movie, and how he will star as the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal. Little was said about the project, such as its name or director, but he does have his co-star -- Aishwarya Rai. The Bollywood actress, who is a former Miss World and the star of The Mistress of Spices, will play the Shah's wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Kingsley said: "I had spoken to Aishwarya last year while we were working on The Last Legion, and she very generously agreed to do the movie with me."

It's a pretty sad story. The emperor's third wife, Mumtaz, died during childbirth. Granted, it was their 14th child (no, that isn't a typo), so there's only so much one body can take. Soon after the loss, the Taj Mahal started construction, and it was completed in 1648. Some years after its completion, he fell ill. His son, Aurangzeb led a deathly rebellion, imprisoned him, and it's said that he spent the rest of his life looking at the Taj from his cell. Now we'll have to wait and see if his stint as this Indian figure can rival his work on Gandhi,* which nabbed 8 Oscars.

*Thanks for the catch, scudie!
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