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Attacks of 26/11 to be released in English

Plus: Amrita Rao shares screen with Big B; Karan Johar mentors Saqib Saleem; Desai Khan will do anything for role.

Nana Patekar and Ram Gopal Varma. Sandeep Mahankal / IANS
Nana Patekar and Ram Gopal Varma. Sandeep Mahankal / IANS

Ram Gopal Varma announced his forthcoming film, The Attacks of 26/11, has been simultaneously shot in English and Hindi. “The film is the same, it’s just that the lines are in English. It will release across the world,” said the filmmaker, who previously directed the crime thrillers Satya, Company and Sakar. The film, based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which left 166 people dead, stars the actor Nana Patekar as a police commissioner opposite Sanjeev Jaiswal, who assumes the role of a terrorist. Patekar said filming was a challenge. “I’m not very good in speaking English so I messed up a lot of my lines. But we did it,” he said. The crime saga’s Hindi version will be released in UAE cinemas tomorrow. – IANS

Amrita Rao shares screen with Big B

The actress Amrita Rao says she’s thrilled to co-star with the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in her latest project, Satyagraha. “We’re shooting in Bhopal and I feel so blessed that all my scenes are with Amitabh Bachchan,” said the 31-year-old star. “In fact, I can say 99 per cent of my scenes are with him. It’s like a dream come true for me.” While she was keen to talk about her co-stars, Rao was giving little of her character away: “I’m not allowed to talk much about the film and about the role,” she said. “All I can say is that it’s a fantastic part and that we’ve already shot around 10 days and have 55 more to go.” Directed by Prakash Jha, Satyagraha also features Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee and Kareena Kapoor. – IANS

Karan Johar mentors Saqib Saleem

So impressed has the filmmaker Karan Johar been with Saqib Saleem’s acting that he’s signed him up for multiple projects. His support of the 24-year-old actor has also extended to giving him tips on how to handle the media. Saleem headlines the forthcoming Bollywood comedy Mere Dad Ki Maruti, produced by Yash Raj Films. According to a production source, Johar has been giving Saleem tips on how to best approach movie promotions and press interviews, as well as interacting with fans. The film, scheduled for release in India on March 15, co-stars Ram Kapoor, Prabal Panjabi and Ravi Kishan. Johar has also cast the actor in his forthcoming project, Bombay Talkies, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Katrina Kaif. The film, to be released on May 3, was produced as a tribute to the centenary year of Indian cinema. – IANS

Desai Khan: I’ll do anything for a role

The actress Krutika Desai Khan, who recently shaved her head for her role in the Indian soap opera Uttaran, says she has few qualms about changing her looks for a role. “In the past few years, since moving into character roles, it doesn’t matter how I look,” she told reporters. “I am ready to experiment, go fat, go bald – anything!” The veteran star, who stars in the television adaptation of the 1958 film Phir Subah Hogi, says she’s thrilled by the variety of projects coming her way. “People do think of me as a versatile actress – and I feel I haven’t created a niche,” she said. “If you want a satisfying journey then you don’t want a niche, as you can keep on exploring different genres.” – IANS

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