Plus: Priyanka Chopra not in item song for Shootout at Wadala, Krzysztof Zanussi to receive lifetime award and Sridhar Pokuru calls for more female-focused films.
Final Jab Tak Hai Jaan song will remain incomplete
A portion of a song number in the late filmmaker Yash Chopra's last film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, will be left incomplete, says the movie's star, Shah Rukh Khan. "Just a minute and a half of the song was not completed. He (Chopra) wanted to do it in Switzerland. We don't have the heart to shoot that part now," said Rukh Khan. "We will make it impure if we had to shoot it." The love story, which co-stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is scheduled for release in India on November 13. Rukh Khan went on to say he's unfazed by box office numbers and paycheques when it comes to his films. "I am not a businessman. I just feel that my films should be enjoyed by all," he said. "I have earned enough money and awards in my life, so numbers don't matter." - IANS
Priyanka not in item song for Shootout at Wadala
The actress Priyanka Chopra has brushed aside rumours that she will perform a number in the producer Ekta Kapoor's forthcoming film, Shootout at Wadala. "No, I am not doing any song in any other film except for my own movies," she said. The 30-year-old star is scheduled to star in another Kapoor project, titled Milan Talkies and co-starring Imran Khan. "This is my first film with Ekta and right now we are working out the dates," she said. - IANS
Zanussi to receive lifetime award at Indian fest
The Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa on November 20. The 73-year-old has directed more than 25 films in a career spanning more than four decades. "Zanussi has been making films in Poland since 1969, at a time when censorship was high in Poland," said a statement from IFFI. "It is his dedication to the philosophy of film and the subtle criticism of the regime at that time which is being recognised by the festival." - IANS
Pokuru calls for more films that 'highlight problems faced by women'
The Telugu director Sridhar Pokuru, whose debut movie, Agnatham, is scheduled for release next month, says the male-dominated film industry needs more female-focused projects. "We need more films that highlight the problems faced by women in society," he said in an interview. Agnatham, which stars the Telugu actors Kalyani and Subbaraju, tells the story of two women who unite to fight against sexual discrimination. "Although my film will bring forth different problems faced by women, I haven't restricted myself from including elements that are entertaining," said Pokuru. - IANS