Plus: Jiah Khan's boyfriend arrested over suicide; Nandini Reddy denies Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani remake; director predicts awards success for Ameesha Patel.
Amitabh Bachchan to star in Bhootnath sequel
The production house T-Series has announced it will soon start work on a follow-up to the 2008 hit Bhootnath. The sequel, tentatively titled Bhootnath 2, will see Amitabh Bachchan reprising his role of a friendly ghost. “We are very excited to announce the sequel to Bhootnath. Amitabh and Boman Irani will be part of the film and it will appeal to all age groups,” said Bhushan Kumar, chief of T-Series. The 2008 movie was produced by Ravi Chopra. His son, Abhay Chopra, will be creatively involved in the sequel. The film will be directed by Nitesh Tiwari, with shooting scheduled to begin in November. The film is scheduled to release next summer. – IANS
Jiah Khan’s boyfriend arrested over suicide
Sooraj Pancholi, the former boyfriend of the actress Jiah Khan, has been arrested by Mumbai police for allegedly being involved in her suicide. Police said Pancholi, who is the son of the actor Aditya Pancholi, was suspected of abetting her suicide. The arrest came a couple of days after Khan’s family handed over to police what was thought to be Khan’s suicide note, which was discovered three days after her death on June 3. According to the Indian Express, the letter stated that Pancholi had physically abused Khan and forced her to undergo an abortion. – IANS
Director predicts awards for Ameesha Patel
Ameesha Patel will scoop up a host of awards for her performance in Shortcut Romeo, predicts the film’s director, Susi Ganeshan. Ganeshan is directing Patel in the crime thriller, a remake of his hit Tamil film Thiruttu Payale. Patel, who has starred in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Humraaz, plays a negative role in the movie. “Ameesha Patel is the centre of the film. She is a driving force in every sequence and has given a wonderful performance,” Ganeshan said. “I think she will get a lot of awards for Best Supporting Actress,” he added. The film is scheduled to release later this month. – IANS
Nandini Reddy denies Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani remake
The Telugu director Nandini Reddy has brushed off rumours that she is working on a remake of the Hindi blockbuster Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Instead, she announced that she is writing the script for a romantic comedy. “I don’t know where these rumours come from. If there is a remake happening then we should wait for the official word and not spread rumours without verifying the facts first,” she said. “I should be ready to announce my new project in a month’s time. I haven’t yet zeroed in on the cast, which I will do soon.” Her last movie, Jabardasth, a Telugu remake of Band Baaja Baaraat, was panned by critics. She is best-known for her debut movie, the 2011 box-office smash Ala Modalaindi. – IANS
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