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Aishwarya Rai takes baby shopping in London

Plus: Rowdy Rathore sequel being considered, Shirish Kunder drops 3D plans, and Big B mourns a maestro of Ghazal.

Aishwarya Rai. Sang Tan / AP
Aishwarya Rai. Sang Tan / AP

A few onlookers at London's Regent Street turned to Twitter after spotting the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her seven-month-old baby, Aaradhya, shopping at the Gap store. Bachchan was in town to attend the opening of the Bulgari Hotel and Residences. Other guests for the event included the Italian actress-filmmaker Isabella Rossellini and the Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. * IANS

Rowdy Rathore sequel may happen

After scoring big at the box office, a sequel may soon be under way for Rowdy Rathore, which starred Akshay Kumar, according to the film's producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor. "You know, there are a lot of interesting thoughts about what we should be doing - a sequel, a prequel. Prabhu [Deva, the film's director] and I have to sit down and discuss, and obviously along with Akshay, make the call on what's next for Rowdy," he said. * IANS

Shirish Kunder scraps 3D film

The filmmaker Shirish Kunder has scrapped plans to release his next film, Joker, in 3D, after considering the dismal box office performance of recent 3D Bollywood films, such as Don 2 and Dangerous Ishhq. "It's a decision taken by our producers, based on reactions to recent 3D films of big superstars," he posted on Twitter. * IANS

Big B mourns Ghazal maestro's death

Amitabh Bachchan has mourned the death of Mehdi Hassan, the legendary 84-year-old Pakistani singer who passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. "Deeply pained to learn of the passing of a vocalist of immense fame, with a unique sonorous voice," Bachchan posted on Twitter. "An entire era of soulful Ghazal singing gone. I'm now left with beautiful memories with him." Big B also wrote: "Mehdi once told me he came from humble beginnings, and used to train and sing to the tone of the tractor sound in the fields." * IANS