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Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. AFP Photo
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. AFP Photo

Sanjay Dutt to star in prison cultural event

Also, China’s richest man aims to rival Hollywood; Vidya Balan will play a detective in her next film; Lindsay Lohan's mum is due in court for drink-driving charges; and regional finals are set for Global Pinoy Singing Idols.

A cultural programme that has been produced and scripted by the Yerwada jail inmates and which will feature the actor and 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Sanjay Dutt, will be a popular show, jail officials said. The two-hour programme by 45 jail inmates will begin at 3pm on Thursday amid high security. The 53-year-old Bollywood actor, who had surrendered after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 1993 serial blasts, has been serving the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence since May. – IANS

China’s richest man aims to rival Hollywood

An ambitious studio complex built by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, will be a major boost for the country’s film industry but experts say it needs more than sprawling grounds to rival Hollywood. Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kate Beckinsale (pictured) showed up on Sunday for the lavish event to showcase plans for the Oriental Movie Metropolis, set to span 376 hectares, in the port city of Qingdao. The 50 billion yuan (Dh30 billion) complex will house 20 studios that will turn out 100 films a year, including 30 foreign productions. Jianlin’s conglomerate Wanda last year acquired the American cinema chain AMC Entertainment to become China’s third-biggest cinema operator and the world’s largest cinema chain. – AFP

Vidya Balan to play a detective in Bobby Jasoos

The Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is all set to deliver another smashing character depiction – she is going to play the title role in Bobby Jasoos, Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s next production. “The idea of playing a female detective was irresistible. Also, the movie title intrigued me,” said Balan. “I’ve known Dia and Sahil for years now. They are the kind of producers every actor wants to work with. But the final clincher for me was director Samar Shaikh and Sanyuktha Chawla’s script. It kept me hooked and I am really looking forward to working with them.” Filming begins in November. The movie will be on in summer 2014. – IANS

Lindsay Lohan’s mum due in court on DWI charge

Lindsay Lohan’s mother has been summoned to a suburban New York court to answer drink-driving charges. The state police say the 50-year-old Dina Lohan was stopped earlier this month for allegedly speeding on a Long Island parkway. A breath test showed the mother of the troubled film actress had a blood-alcohol level that was more than double New York’s legal limit. She was issued tickets for DWI and speeding and ordered to appear in court yesterday. The arrest comes just months after her daughter completed her latest stint in rehab. – AP

Regional finals set for Global Pinoy Singing Idols

Eleven Filipino amateur singers will compete in the Middle East edition of the Global Pinoy Singing Idols contest on Friday at the Al Jazira Basketball Arena in Abu Dhabi. The 11 acts represent the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. The winner will compete in the global finals in Manila in January. Organised by the Philippines’ top radio station DZMM, the event will feature performances by the music stars Richard Poon and Rachel Alejandro (pictured). Semi-final rounds for the contest have recently been held in the US, Macau and New Zealand. For more information, call 050 655 3768. – The National staff

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