Bollywood's Bhatts descended upon Dubai yesterday to promote the third instalment of the Raaz horrorfilm series. The director Vikram Bhatt and the producers Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt were accompanied by the film's leads, Emraan Hashmi (pictured), Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. Filmed in 3D, Raaz 3 is out in the UAE on Thursday. "What Hum Aapke Hain Koundid for music in Bollywood is what Raaz 3 will do for 3D," says Mukesh Bhatt, boasting of the film's technical crew, some of whom worked in the 2009 Hollywood hit Avatar. - Ujala Ali Khan
Ashton Kutcher spotted filming in India
Ashton Kutcher has been secretly filming the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, in India this past week. The actor was spotted shooting in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. A snapshot was posted yesterday on Delhi's official Facebook page, I Love New Delhi, of Kutcher visiting the women's rights group Apne Aap Women Worldwide. "Met some powerful girls today in Delhi: a grass-roots movement to end sex trafficking," Kutcher posted on Twitter. Kutcher's venture to India recounts Jobs's 1974 trip to the country as an 18-year-old backpacker.
Young Punjabi singer wins Indian Idol
The 21-year-old singer Vipul Mehta took home the Indian Idol title in the singing competition's final on Saturday night. He beat his fellow finalists Devendra Pal Singh, 17, and Amit Kumar, 20, for a cash prize, a car and a recording contract. All three hail from the north-west Indian state of Punjab. The Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor were the final's special guests. "I am overwhelmed to see my grandfather's dream coming true," said an emotional Mehta. - IANS
MBC 4 presents Turkish drama series
Two new Turkish drama series, dubbed in Arabic, are now airing on MBC 4. The first series, Zaman Ki, revolves around a family's life in the 1960s. Starring Erkan Petekkaya and Ayca Bingol, it airs Saturdays to Wednesdays at 10pm. The second drama, Ezel, is loosely based on Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo; after the betrayal of his best friends, one man (played by Kenan Imirzalioglu) returns with a new identity and a plan for revenge. The show airs Saturdays to Wednesdays at 9pm.
Pakistani actor to guest star in Dallas drama
The Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir has been tapped to appear in the forthcoming second season of the resurrected 1980s drama series Dallas. "Dallas was a phenomenon in its time. Today it has already proven to be a hit and I hope its success continues," said Tahir, who will also be seen in next year's Elysium, a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Tahir previously appeared in more than 30 television shows, including Alias, Charmed and Lost. The new season of Dallas premieres in January.