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Amitabh Bachchan arrives at the premiere of The Great Gatsby. AFP
Amitabh Bachchan arrives at the premiere of The Great Gatsby. AFP

Amitabh Bachchan attends New York premiere of Great Gatsby

Plus: Akon collaborates with Simbu; Ayushmann Khurrana to sing in YRF¿s next film.

After making his Hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Amitabh Bachchan was seen at the film’s red-carpet premiere last week in New York. Bachchan, 70, said he was overcome with emotion at meeting some of his ardent fans. “Lovely meeting [my fans]. Such humility in them, such respect and admiration from them. They are the winner. I know that it was an emotional moment for many when we met up, but never forget it was equally emotional for me, too,” he tweeted after the event. He walked the red carpet with his wife, Jaya. “Your tears of joy and emotion are difficult for me to take. I wish for only smiles on your faces,” he added. – IANS

Akon collaborates with Simbu

The Tamil actor Simbu has teamed up with the Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon to record a version of his hit tune Love Anthem. The original song is a call for world peace, which was written by Simbu – whose real name is Silambarasan – in 2011. “This version will be different from the last version of the song. The new one will be about oneness and the need to spread love,” Simbu said. “Akon will shoot here for three days. We plan to make a music video, which will also feature him. I’m really looking forward to this collaboration,” added the actor, who is currently filming the Tamil movies Vaalu and Vettai Mannan. Later, Simbu tweeted: “On the way to the studio. Recording the vocals tonight. Excited and nervous as well.” – IANS

Ayushmann Khurrana to sing in YRF’s next movie

The actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana has revealed he will be performing a tune in Yash Raj Films’s forthcoming movie. Khurrana is one of Bollywood’s hottest up-and-coming actors, having starred and sang tunes in the recent blockbusters Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala. He revealed he is preparing for another song in the yet-to-be-named romantic comedy, which will also star Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, and will be directed by Nupur Asthana. “My next film with YRF, as you all know, it’s [about the] recession. As of now, I am singing one song in this film,” said the 28-year-old star. – IANS

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