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Fast & Furious 7 filming ready to resume next month

Plus: Dixit and Chawla on Koffee with Karan; Philip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin, cocaine and other drugs; and SRK and Kajol may reunite for DDLJ remake.

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in Fast And Furious 6. Courtesy Universal
Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in Fast And Furious 6. Courtesy Universal

Filming on the Abu Dhabi production leg of the next Fast & Furious film is expected to resume in mid-April, according to sources close to TwoFour54. Universal is due to resume shooting for the seventh instalment of the film on April 1 in Atlanta, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Production was halted late last year after the sudden death in a car crash of one of its stars, Paul Walker. Some of the Fast & Furious crew have already been in the capital, shooting scenes in November. The film was due to hit cinemas this summer, but is now due out in April 2015.

Dixit and Chawla talk it up on Koffee with Karan

Long-time rivals Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla are the high-profile guests on the next episode of the filmmaker Karan Johar’s gossipy talk show Koffee with Karan. Johar is at his best, quizzing them about everything from their personal lives to their favourite actors. Tune in to Star Plus today at 8.30pm. Dixit and Chawla will share screen space for the first time in the forthcoming film Gulaab Gang, out on Thursday in the UAE. – The National staff

Philip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin, cocaine and other drugs

The New York City medical examiner has revealed the toxic mix, which is responsible for tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the US every year. Hoffman, 46, who was found on February 2 with a needle in his arm on the floor of his apartment, had also taken amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which are drugs such as Xanax and Valium that are widely prescribed for anxiety, trouble sleeping and other problems, said a spokeswoman for the medical examiner. The death was ruled accidental. Cocaine and amphetamines can cause heart rhythm problems, whereas heroin, particularly when combined with sedatives, can depress breathing, said Dr Charles McKay, a medical toxicologist for Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and a spokesman for the American College of Medical Toxicology. – AP

SRK and Kajol might reunite for DDLJ remake

Reports say Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will make cameo appearances in a remake of the 1995 blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, according to the Hindustan Times. The cult classic, made by Yash Raj Films, was directed by Aditya Chopra and is one of SRK and Kajol’s best-loved films. Apparently, Chopra is planning a contemporary version with the new actors Farhan Khan and Mahika Sharma playing Raj and Simran, who fall in love while on a train journey but face opposition from the girl’s father. The remake is said to be tentatively titled Dulhaniya Chali Dilwale ­Ke Saath. – The National staff