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Milkha Singh charged one rupee for biopic

Plus: Jodhpur to celebrate Sufi music; Huma Qureshi joins Ishqiya sequel; Asian star looks West with jazz album.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Milkha Singh. IANS
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Milkha Singh. IANS

Singh charged one rupee for biopic

The athlete Milkha Singh asked for one Indian rupee in exchange for permission to make a film based on his life. Touched by the gesture, the director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra paid Singh with a special currency note, printed in 1958, the year the athlete won the first gold medal for India in the Commonwealth Games. Singh was apparently moved by the present, according to the film’s producer Rajiv Tandon. The biopic, titled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, has Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and is scheduled to be released in July. Singh wanted the film to be “made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to earn medals in athletics”, said Tandon. – IANS

Qureshi joins Ishqiya sequel

The newcomer Huma Qureshi, who starred in Anurag Kashyap’s acclaimed Gangs of Wasseypur films, has bagged a role in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya, a sequel to the 2010 comedy thriller. “I was so thrilled. I remember watching Ishqiya; it was amazing. I didn’t even dream I would get an opportunity to be part of the sequel,” said the 26-year-old star. Qureshi also features in the forthcoming Ek Thi Daayan, a horror movie directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj. “Working with Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj is on the list of every actor,” said Qureshi. “I am reading good scripts and people are pushing very interesting concepts and ideas. It is really overwhelming that such cool filmmakers want to work with me.” – IANS

Jodhpur to celebrate Sufi music

The sixth edition of the World Sufi Spirit Festival (WSSF) starts on February 22 in Jodhpur with an eclectic mix of global Sufi music from a host of talents across the world. Hosted by Jodhpur’s royal family, the festival starts at the Mehrangarh Fort and ends on February 27 at Ahhichatragarh Fort. The event will feature performers from India, Egypt, Turkey, France, Pakistan, Mongolia and Afghanistan. Indian musicians from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will be participating. “Music is a language that transcends all barriers across the globe. Don’t miss this exquisite occasion and experience the magic,” said the singer Sting, a patron of the festival, in a statement. – IANS

Asian star looks West with jazz album

After years of stardom in Asia, the Hong Kong actress and singer Karen Mok hopes her first English album and an action film directed by Keanu Reeves will translate into success in the West. Mok has released 15 Chinese-language albums and acted in more than 40 films over the past 20 years. She plays a Hong Kong police officer in Reeves’ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, which will be out this summer. Her first English album, Somewhere I Belong, came out last month. – AP