Actress Deepika Padukone announced that her first Hollywood co-star Vin Diesel will join her for the premiere of their film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage in India. On Tuesday, Deepika posted a message for Vin Diesel in Hindi on Twitter saying India is "anxiously waiting for his arrival." Her Hindi tweet read: "India is anxiously waiting for you. We'll meet soon - on January 12 and 13. With lots of love." And now, a source close to the actress told Mid-Day that she will host a grand party with the who's who of Bollywood in attendance for Vin Diesel. "Of the many things on the list, one of them is a big party to be hosted by Deepika, with the top guns of Bollywood in attendance," a source told Mid-Day.
The source also said that Deepika, who will be 31 tomorrow, has planned to receive Vin Diesel at the airport with band baaja and garland. "We plan to receive him at the airport with band baaja and garland. As the host, Deepika wants nothing short of a perfect welcome, so that Diesel has a warm, enjoyable stay here. He will be introduced to mouth-watering Indian delicacies too," the source told Mid-Day.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is the third film in the xXx series. In the film, Vin plays the role of Xander Cage, who comes out of retirement for a special case. On his mission he meets many deadly and lethal people - Serena Unger, played by Deepika Padukone, being one of them.
The film releases in India on January 14, five days before it will hit the screens in other areas. "While I was shooting I suggested the team that it would be great (to release it first in India) and I am happy it happened finally. It is a huge international franchise and I am happy India is such a big part of the plan," Deepika earlier told news agency PTI.
Deepika also said that she's proud to represent India in Hollywood. "I feel very proud that I get to represent my country especially in this kind of an action franchise film. I am sure this film will be enjoyed a lot because of the content. There is lot of action, adventure, which we have not seen in Indian films before. So, I am excited to show the film here," she told PTI.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, directed by D J Caruso, also stars Donnie Yen, Samuel L Jackson, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Rory McCann, Kris Wu, and Ariadna Gutierrez.
(With PTI inputs)