x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Also: Govinda to launch a music album; southern Indian singer Sreeram Chandra lost 15kg for film debut.

Shah Rukh Khan shot for his forthcoming film, Happy New Year, in Dubai. Clint McLean / The National
Shah Rukh Khan shot for his forthcoming film, Happy New Year, in Dubai. Clint McLean / The National

After the box office success of the Don franchise, the actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will be teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan again – but this time for a Rahul Dholakia project, where the superstar is likely to play a Gujarati don, the Press Trust of India reported. The film will be produced by Akhtar and his partner Ritesh Sidhwani under their home banner Excel Entertainment Pvt Ltd, and is currently at the scripting stage. “SRK is doing the film. We are not sure when it will go on floors exactly but it will be next year. Shah Rukh is excited about the film but we need to work out the schedule as he has prior commitments,” Sidhwani said. As for Don 3, the makers want to be sure that they have an exciting script in hand. “With a franchise like Don and the character, it’s important to get excited by the script. We want to be happy with the script – if that happens, I would love to do it,” he added. Sidhwani said other films in the pipeline include Fukrey 2 and Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On 2.

Govinda talks about new music album

Govinda has launched a music album titled Gori Tere Naina. The actor has written the lyrics while the music has been composed by Shamir Tandon. “There is a Navratri song and also a party song. The Navratri festival is on so it is the perfect time to launch the album,” Govinda said in a statement. The songs feature the actor with TV actress Puja Banerjee. “It was a dream come true for me to shoot music videos with Govindaji, who is the greatest entertainer, dancer and actor. He is one of my favourite actors. We completed two songs out of four in two days,” Banerjee said. – IANS

Sreeram Chandra lost 15kg for film debut

The singer Sreeram Chandra, who makes his debut in Telugu cinema with the romantic drama Prema Geema Jantanai, has lost 15kg for the role. Chandra, who was the winner of the fifth season of Indian Idol, said it was challenging, but his passion for acting inspired him. “I enjoy singing, but I always aspired to be an actor. I still remember how many scripts I turned down before finally saying yes. Besides an acting workshop, I enrolled for kick-boxing,” he said. The film, which also features Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Barbie Handa, is directed by Subbu R V. – IANS