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Also: Jiah Khan's mother says her daughter was murdered; Kamal Haasan plans Tamil film in Karnataka.

Shah Rukh Khan may have plagiarised J K Rowling speech

At a convention organised by the All India Management Association in New Delhi last month, Shah Rukh Khan referred to his rags-to-riches story in a speech that seems to have come straight out of a talk the British author J K Rowling gave at Harvard in 2008, according to the Bangalore-based social media consultant Agratha Dinakaran. On her blog (mercurialpurple.blogspot.com), she quotes an excerpt from SRK’s speech: “Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. I’ve seen my parents go through it many times – it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.” Rowling’s original words were: “Poverty entails fear and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.” – The National staff

Jiah Khan’s mum says her daughter was murdered

Nearly four months after the actress Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide, her mother Rabiya Khan has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court alleging that she was murdered and demanded a CBI (India’s Central Bureau of Investigation) probe into the death. The petition, filed on October 1, is expected to come up for hearing in Mumbai next week, her lawyer Dinesh Tiwari said. “Rabiya feels the investigation was not done properly. If you go by the medical opinion and other evidence, it would indicate something is missing as far as suicide is concerned. Jiah Khan’s case is apparently a case of murder,” Tiwari added. On June 3, the actress was found hanging from the ceiling at her Mumbai residence. She was 25. A week later, her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi was arrested on charges of abetting her suicide. Pancholi, the son of the Bollywood actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was granted bail on July 1. — PTI

Kamal Haasan plans Tamil film in Karnataka

The filmmaker and actor Kamal Haasan says he plans to make a Tamil movie in the Indian state of Karnataka because he wants to reach out to a larger audience in southern India. Haasan has completed filming Vishwaroopam 2, the sequel to his controversial Vishwaroopam, which was banned in Tamil Nadu for “hurting religious sentiments” when it was released in January. Haasan had threatened to “leave” India after the ban was announced. “I will not take back my words. If I am threatened or troubled again as an artist, I can leave the country. But can the country leave me?” he said. — IANS

Ranbir Kapoor talks about doing a superhero film

The Besharam star Ranbir Kapoor might put on a cape in Ayan Mukherjee’s next film. “The idea is to make a superhero film,” Kapoor said. “But I guess that until the script is ready, I am not in the position to say anything. We’re trying to make something very different and personal but there is still time for it. I think in Hindi films every hero is a superhero. When a hero hits somebody, the guy goes flying 30 feet. I don’t think you need super powers to be a superhero.” Kapoor is currently working on Anurag Kasyap’s Bombay Velvet, Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos and the debutant filmmaker Vikramjit Singh’s film Roy. His latest movie Besharam is out now in UAE cinemas. — The National staff