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Anurag Kashyap postpones new film

Plus: Huma Qureshi sings Kashyap's praises, Salim Khan to supervise script for his sons, Vishesh Bhatt to direct first movie.

Anurag Kashyap. Punit Paranjpe / AFP
Anurag Kashyap. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

The Gangs of Wasseypur filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has put on hold plans for his new movie Mumbai Velvet, headlined by the actor Ranbir Kapoor, after his younger brother Abhinav signed Kapoor for his own project, a remake of the 1978 film Besharam, which starred Amitabh Bachchan. "But I am not disappointed," Kashyap said. "It will happen at the right time." Mumbai Velvet, a trilogy set from the 1950s to the early 1970s, tells the story of how the city of Mumbai became a metropolis. It is based on the book Mumbai Fables by the historian Gyan Prakash. "It's a massive film - I have to create the Mumbai of the 1960s digitally. It can't be done overnight," said Kashyap, adding that he's been developing the film's concept for four years. * IANS

Huma Qureshi lauds Gangs director

More Anurag Kashyap news: the actress Huma Qureshi, who debuts in Gangs of Wasseypur, says it was a pleasure to work with a director who values actors' performance and talent over physical looks. "Anurag is a filmmaker more concerned about whether you can perform, with your eyes and body language, whether you can move the audience," said Qureshi, who is currently working on three films: Ek Thi Daayan, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, directed by Sameer Sharma and produced by Kashyap, and a still-untitled film by Nikhil Advani. * IANS

Khan patriarch to work on sons' film

The veteran scriptwriter Salim Khan has signed on to be the script supervisor of the film Sher Khan, directed by his son Sohail and starring his other son, the superstar Salman. "Whatever I've learnt, I have to pass on," Khan said. "It's up to my children if they want to learn from my experiences or not. Stars get old, writers mature. So I guess I have a certain wisdom that Sohail can tap." Khan, 76, says he will guide Sohail and the film's two other scriptwriters, Rumi Jaffery and Dilip Shukla, without "breathing down their necks". He said: "I don't want to take away the credit from whatever these kids are doing." Sher Khan begins shooting in October. * IANS

Mukesh Bhatt's son debuts as director

Another father-and-son affair in Bollywood: Mukesh Bhatt, the patriarch of the production house Vishesh Films, announced he is launching the filmmaking career of his son Vishesh (the studio was named after him) via the third instalment of the thriller series Murder, which begins production next month to coincide with the studio's 25th anniversary. The first Murder film, from 2004, starred Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat, while Murder 2 came out last year, headlined by Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez. "Murder 3 will be a different film. Emraan will be replaced by Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao Hydari will play his love interest," said Bhatt. "Ninety per cent of the film will be shot in Cape Town." * IANS