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Aamir Khan speaks out against corruption

Plus Sonakshi Sinha tries out new dance moves, Kareena Kapoor longs to team up with Zoya Akhtar, Abhay Deol calls awards ceremonies fixed and Ponty Chadha death casts doubts on projects.

While promoting his film, Talaash, Aamir Khan said,
While promoting his film, Talaash, Aamir Khan said, "I support the concept of anti-corruption, not any individual or party." AFP

The actor Aamir Khan has called for a crackdown on corruption in his home country. The Hindustan Times reported that during a press conference in Jalandhar to promote his new film, Talaash, he said he supported Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement. "I am not pro any individual or party. I support the concept of anti-corruption, not individuals or parties," he claimed. "I favour a stringent law against corruption. My stance is clear. I won't campaign for any political party in the near future. I have no plans of joining politics." - The National staff

Sonakshi Sinha tries out new dance moves

The actress Sonakshi Sinha has reportedly been challenging herself with some Kathakali steps on the set of Dabangg 2. The 25-year-old tried some moves of the classical dance form while shooting for the song Dagabaaz Re. "She is an actor who loves learning new things and, in fact, has even learnt some Kathakali and requested the dancers to teach her a few more steps," said a source. The film, which is Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut and stars his elder brother Salman, is scheduled for release on December 21. - IANS

Kareena Kapoor longs to team up with Zoya Akhtar

While many filmmakers wish to cast Kareena Kapoor in their movies, she says she is desperate to work with only one director, Zoya Akhtar. Akhtar wrote Kapoor's last film, Talaash, and was reported to be working on another movie with the superstar actress. However, Kapoor denied this. "I think Zoya is writing a script, [but] nothing is concrete right now," she said. "But I personally love Zoya's work. She is a wonderful filmmaker. I would love to work with Zoya." - IANS

Abhay Deol calls awards ceremonies fixed

The actor Abhay Deol has hit out at awards ceremonies, claiming they are mostly rigged and that stars only attend them because they are paid for their presence. "Talk to any actor off record and he will tell you, you either go because you are winning an award or you go because you are getting paid. Otherwise, you don't go," Abhay said during a panel discussion at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. He cited the case of his 2009 movie Dev D, which was a box office hit and received critical acclaim, yet was not nominated for any awards. - IANS

Ponty Chadha death casts doubts on projects

The director Pooja Bhatt has said the loss of Ponty Chadha, the businessman who was murdered in a shoot-out at his house last week, could cause her forthcoming productions to be called off. Bhatt had two films in the pipeline that were to be funded by Chadha's entertainment company, Waves: Jism 3 and Cabaret. "If Waves decides to go ahead with our projects, we would be happy to stick to our commitment. I shall give them two films to be proud of. And if they decide not to go ahead with our projects, I shall respect that decision," she said. - IANS