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Homage to Yash Chopra at IFFI

Plus, New Aamir Khan film depicts disappearing Mumbai; no sibling rivalry between Farah and Sajid; Pasanga sequel in the works.

The late Yash Chopra will be honoured during a special event, part of the 43rd International Film Festival of India. AP
The late Yash Chopra will be honoured during a special event, part of the 43rd International Film Festival of India. AP

The 43rd International Film Festival of India will pay tribute to the Bollywood director Yash Chopra, who died on Sunday. Manoj Srivastava, the chief executive of the Entertainment Society of Goa, which co-organises the festival, said a special event is being planned to honour Chopra: “The festival wants to pay tribute to the creative genius of Yash Chopra. It will be an homage to the great soul. The 10-day festival will be held in Panaji, Goa’s capital. It starts on November 20 and will be inaugurated by the Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. * IANS

New Aamir Khan film depicts disappearing Mumbai

The filmmaker Reema Kagti’s much-awaited thriller Talaash has captured on film several atmospheric areas in Mumbai that might soon be lost forever. The movie was shot in old parts of the city, including Charni Road, Lower Parel, Colaba and Grant Road, that are marked for demolition. Two places, the chawls and mills in Lower Parel, have already been razed to make way for construction projects. Kagti said: “Real locations, mostly old structures and buildings that are fast fading from Mumbai, are used in the movie.” The film, which stars Aamir Khan as a cop, with Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor as his leading ladies, will be released on November 30 in India. * IANS

No sibling rivalry between Farah and Sajid

Although both Farah Khan and her brother Sajid are now film directors, she insists neither is striving to outdo the other. Instead, Farah, who is also a choreographer, often directs dance sequences for Sajid and says their jobs actually give them a chance to spend time together. “When I go to choreograph for my brother, I get to spend time with him because I am busy with my children while Sajid has his own life. I don’t think there is any competitiveness where Sajid is concerned,” says Khan, whose directing credits include Om Shanti Om and Main Hoon Na, both starring Shah Rukh Khan. Sajid’s include the comedies Heyy Babyy and Housefull, both with Akshay Kumar in the lead role. * IANS

Pasanga sequel in the works

A sequel has been announced for the highly acclaimed Tamil comedy film Pasanga. It will be directed by the cinematographer and director Vijay Milton, known for his work on films such as Kaadhal (2004) and this year’s Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Pasanga, directed by Pandiraj and starring Vimal, Vega Tamotia and Sree Ram, was released in 2009 and won several awards at various Indian and international film festivals. The movie chronicled the disharmonious relationships between a group of children. The sequel will feature the lead actors from the first part and follow the post-adolescent life of the characters. * IANS