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Aamir Khan denies cop competition

Plus: Prithviraj aims for remake with Big B, Sinha: Bollywood can't do sci-fi, It's Mumbai over Cannes for Ahluwalia and Sohail Khan denies cast rumours.

Aamir Khan. IANS
Aamir Khan. IANS

Aamir Khan, who plays a policeman role in his new movie Talaash, denies he is seeking to outdo others who have portrayed cops in Bollywood, like Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. "I don't want to compete with anyone," he explained. "Ajay, Salman and Akshay have been cops earlier but this is very different. My character is struggling with his past." The suspense thriller, due for release on November 30, also stars Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. * IANS

Prithviraj aims for remake with Big B

The Malayalam actor Prithviraj is hoping to lure the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan for a starring role in a Hindi remake of his hit movie Ayalum Njanum Thammil. "This is a very special film for me because this story was thought of nine years ago. It's a film that I have travelled around with," said Prithviraj. "(Now) I would like to remake this film in Hindi with Mr Bachchan. Let's see how things fall in place," he said, although he admitted he had not approached the Big B as yet. * IANS

Sinha: Bollywood can't do sci-fi

Anubhav Sinha believes that science-fiction movies remain unpopular in India because filmmakers lack the talent to produce them. During a panel discussion at this week's 14th Mumbai Film Festival, Sinha, who directed the 2011 sci-fi film Ra.One, contended this was the reason why so few movies of this genre are made in Bollywood. "The Mumbai film industry started with filmmakers who were not trained. Science fiction is not something that can be done by untrained filmmakers," he stated. * IANS

It's Mumbai over Cannes for Ahluwalia

Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely attracted huge crowds at the Mumbai Film Festival. The filmmaker said he was delighted by the response, claiming local approval is more important to him that international acclaim. Miss Lovely, which was also screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival, explores the world of low budget, sleazy "C-grade" Indian movies of the 1980s. "[Mumbai] is my city and this audience is more important for me than [the ones in] Cannes," he said. * IANS

Sohail Khan denies cast rumours

The filmmaker Sohail Khan says he is yet to cast any actors in his forthcoming movie Sher Khan. "The script of Sher Khan is still being finalised," he admitted. "We're currently on the stage of working on the dialogue. So only when that's ready will we start to think of who suits the roles." Earlier, there were reports that model Angela Jonsson has been signed up to play the female lead, opposite Sohail's brother, the Bollywood star Salman Khan. * IANS