Plus: Mithun Chakraborty teams up with his son; Katrina Kaif's sister Isabel on the rise to stardom; and Deepika Padukone wraps Chennai Express.
Katrina Kaif’s sister on the rise to stardom
The actress Katrina Kaif has starred in a number of Bollywood hits including Ek Tha Tiger, the second highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time – and now it is her sister’s turn. Isabel Kaif will make her acting debut in a Canadian film called Dr Cabbie that is co-produced by Salman Khan and directed by Jean-François Pouliot. Also starring are Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki and Kunal Nayyar. Shooting began last month. Sources say that Isabel will make her Bollywood debut next year with a film that may be co-produced by Khan and her older sister. – IANS
Southern Indian singer T?M Soundararajan is dead
T?M Soundararajan, the voice behind many of the hit songs in Tamil cinema, has died at his home at the age of 91. Popularly known as TMS, Soundararajan began his career in 1945 and rendered dozens of hit songs for actors including MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Ravichandran and Sivakumar. He was known for being skilled at modulating his voice to suit the actors on screen, and found fame when he acted and sang in the movie Arunagirinathar (1964). He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. – IANS
Mithun Chakraborty teams up with his son
It would be a wonderful experience for any actor to share screen space with Mithun Chakraborty, who has three National Film Awards under his belt and is regarded as one of the most influential actors in Indian cinema, but his son Mahaakshay said it was a “nerve-racking” experience. The two have just finished filming Enemmy, a police action drama that also stars Suneil Shetty. Mithun said he was happy to work with his son. “You have to fight your own battle. I am not one of those fathers who always goes around blessing and praising his kids, and telling them: ‘Yes, everything is good,’” he said. The film is scheduled for release on June 21. – IANS
Controversial film gets a lighter sequel
The sequel to the controversial Bollywood drama Dunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun, about a homosexual couple revealing their sexuality, will be a light-hearted romance. The original was a serious drama released in 2010 but now the Norwegian director Tonje Gjevon says it will enter a new genre. The actors from the original film, Kapil Sharma and Yuvraaj Parashar, will star in the “breezy, romantic film”, which will be made in Norwegian, English and Hindi, with a mix of European, Pakistani and Indian actors. “The original is a landmark film not only because of its international popularity but also because of its bold, unconventional approach to the script. I was mesmerised by Kapil and Yuvraaj,” Gjevjon said in a statement. “Our company bought the sequel rights from its producers and the script took more than a year to complete.” – IANS
Deepika Padukone wraps Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone has announced on Twitter that she has finished her scenes in the forthcoming action comedy Chennai Express. She expressed her love and respect for Shah Rukh Khan, who has directed the movie, on the social media site, affectionately referring to him by his initials, SRK. This is the third time that the 27-year-old actress has teamed up with Khan; they previously worked together on Billu and Padukone’s debut film Om Shanti Om. She will soon be seen in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, along with her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The film will be out in UAE cinemas on Thursday. – IANS
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