Soul great Lionel Richie is in negotiations to make Indian tycoon VIJAY MALLAYA's 50th birthday bash extra special by performing for the self-titled beer baron.

The Rajya Sabha politician is celebrating his big day in Goa on Sunday (18DEC05) and is in the process of booking his hero to perform.

The party will also include a host of Bollywood stars and politicians.

A spokesman for Mallaya says, "Lionel's definitely coming but we're still trying to persuade him to perform."

Richie has been reborn in India recently after co-writing an AIDS-awareness record with Richard Gere, which was performed by contestants on the INDIAN IDOL TV show earlier this month (DEC05).