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From left, actor Abhay Deol, director Prakash Jha and actor Arjun Rampal at the unveiling of Chakravyu. AFP
From left, actor Abhay Deol, director Prakash Jha and actor Arjun Rampal at the unveiling of Chakravyu. AFP

Prakash Jha to release new thriller in October

Plus, British actor keen to do Bollywood fare; Nikhil Tonk eyeing father-son for debut film; Kunder film adopts curious promo strategy; and Backinsale dons Indian designer gown at premiere

British actor keen to do Bollywood fare

After starring in Prashant Nair's Delhi in a Day, which will be released in India on Friday, the British actor Lee Williams says he would jump at the offer of a Bollywood film. "I would love to do it. I've listened to a lot of Bollywood music and watched quite a few films while shooting in Delhi," he said. "If I get an opportunity to be in one, it'd be amazing. If an offer comes up, I'd definitely be on the first plane to India." In the satirical comedy, Williams plays a man who embarks on a trip around the world. His first stop is Delhi, where he discovers the stark difference between the lifestyles of the rich and poor. "I loved India so much. Delhi is a crazy place and I would love to come back," said the 38-year-old. "Perhaps a costume drama would be fun." - IANS

 

Nikhil Tonk eyeing father-son for debut film

Nikhil Tonk says he is hoping to sign on the father-and-son actors Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman to headline his debut film, based on the murder of Bhanwari Devi, an Indian woman who was raped and killed in 1992. "I have approached them for the roles and I hope they will agree," said Tonk. The TV star Sara Khan will play the lead role. Filming is scheduled to begin in December, with some scenes set in the UAE. Tonk said: "We are planning to shoot in Dubai and in Greece, as well as in Jaipur, Calcutta and Mumbai." - IANS

 

Prakash Jha to release new thriller in October

Prakash Jha is gearing up for the release of his latest movie, the political thriller Chakravyuh. The trailer was shown early this week. "I'm just excited. People have responded to the trailer positively … they say it's epic and grand. So I am keeping my fingers crossed," said the 60-year-old director, whose most recent film was last year's Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aarakshan. Chakravyuh, which Jha describes as a social commentary on the issues of militant groups in India, stars Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol. It is scheduled to be released on October 24 in India. - IANS

 

Kunder film adopts curious promo strategy

Akshay Kumar has so far been absent from the promotional events of his new Shirish Kunder film Joker, where he reunites with his Rowdy Rathore co-star Sonakshi Sinha. Bollywood news websites have alleged that Kumar is supposedly not on good terms with Kunder following disagreements on the set of Joker. However, the film's producer Farah Khan said there's nothing to worry about. "It's a strategy we have adopted. We saw Akshay and Sonakshi do a lot of Rowdy Rathore promotions together and we didn't want our film to be the same," she said. "Our film is a fantasy adventure for kids, so we're bringing in the alien characters instead to attract their attention." Joker is scheduled to be released on August 31. - IANS

 

Beckinsale dons Indian designer gown at premiere

Kate Beckinsale wore a gown designed by the New-York based Indian designer Naeem Khan at the Berlin premiere of Total Recall last week. The ivory embroidered gown was a piece from his fall 2012 collection. Khan's designs have been worn in the past by the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama. - IANS

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