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Director: can't imagine film without Sanjay Dutt

Plus: Tannishtha Chatterjee turns singer in Gulaab Gang; Singam 2 set for June release; Yami Gautam finishes film shoot; Imran Khan training on set.

The third instalment of the Munnabhai films will begin production after Sanjay Dutt is released from prison. AP
The third instalment of the Munnabhai films will begin production after Sanjay Dutt is released from prison. AP

Director: can’t imagine film without Sanjay Dutt

Not even Sanjay Dutt’s impending prison sentence will stop the third instalment of the Munnabhai films. The director Subhash Kapoor says the film will begin production once Dutt is released from prison. “We will wait until he completes his jail term,” Kapoor said. Munna [Sanjay] and Circuit [Arshad Warsi] are the true spirit of the Munnabhai series. We hope Sanjay will be freed early on humanitarian grounds.” The actor was recently sentenced to three and a half years in prison for illegal possession of arms during the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The court has dismissed an appeal by Dutt, who has already spent 18 months behind bars. Dutt signed up for the third film after starring in the first two, Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai. – IANS

Tannishtha Chatterjee turns singer in Gulaab Gang

The actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who will co-star with Madhuri Dixit in Soumik Sen’s forthcoming film Gulaab Gang, says she has a song-and-dance number in the movie. “I recently wrapped up shooting. We had a wonderful time doing the film. Not many people know that I have also sung a song for it,” Chatterjee told reporters. “I am a trained singer. Beyond this, I am not allowed to talk too much [about the song]. As for the film, I fell in love with the script. Soumik is a visionary director. There are so many women in this film – I feel it’s the perfect way to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema.” – IANS

Suriya’s Singam 2 will be out in June

Suriya’s new action drama will be out next month. The Tamil actor plays the lead role in Singam 2, a sequel to the 2010 box office hit, which was later remade in Hindi with Ajay Devgn. “Singam 2 is in post-production. The soundtrack will be launched on June 1 and the film will be out in cinemas worldwide the following week,” said a production statement. Hari Gopalakrishna returns to direct the second instalment, which features the actors Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Radha Ravi and K Vishwanath. Produced by S Lakshman Kumar, the film was shot in Malaysia and South Africa, and in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. – IANS

Yami Gautam finishes shooting Aman ki Asha

Yami Gautam is becoming increasingly comfortable on the big screen. The former television star announced she just finished shooting Aman ki Asha, after a successful debut in last year’s Vicky Donor. A Hindi remake of the Spanish film Sere Queridos (Only Human), the romantic comedy will see the 24-year-old actress pairing up with the Pakistani actor Ali Zafar. “I have finished shooting for the film. We shot the entire film in London,” Gautam told reporters. “It was a great crew and I am happy that I have made the right decision to do the movie.” Directed by E Niwas and produced by Neeraj Pandey, Aman ki Asha will be out in cinemas later this year. – IANS

Imran Khan training on set

The actor Imran Khan is making sure he doesn’t miss out on his fitness regimen while working: his trainer has been visiting him on the set of his latest project, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2. “We have been shooting 12-hour shifts every day. I’ve had to bring my trainer on the set to work out between shots,” said Khan, 30. Co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor, the film is a sequel to the 2010 movie. Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2 also stars Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre. – IANS

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