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#Fabrication: Uday Chopra-produced Princess Grace 'Biopic' branded a WORK OF FICTION

Uday Chopra's first big Hollywood production 'Grace of Monaco' has run into further troubles after Monaco's royal family accused the film's producers of "hijacking" the family's storied history.

Just weeks before the film officially opened the 67th Cannes Film Festival, a statement from the family said the film was "completely fictional" and did not accurately portray historical events.

Directed by French filmmaker Olivier Dahan the film stars Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, the American film star who married into the House of Grimaldi in the tiny principality in southern France.

The film is the first major release for YRF Entertainment, the international film financing, production and distribution arm of Bollywood studio Yash Raj Films created by Chopra's father Yash Chopra.

The statement - issued on behalf of Princess Grace's' children Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie - added: "The Prince's Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic.  The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film. It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality's history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references.  The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that Its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes."

The film also stars British actor Tim Roth as Prince Rainier, and focuses on a six-month period in 1962 when Alfred Hitchcock offered Grace of Monaco a chance to return to acting - an opportunity she eventually turned down.

The Monaco royals occasionally attend the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, but it is unlikely that they will do so this year.



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