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Priyanka Chopra joins remake of Zanjeer

Plus: Salim Khan likes his son's latest movie, nine actresses to headline No Entry sequel, Karan Johar wraps shooting on Student of the Year, and Buffi Jashanmal competing in Project Runway.

Priyanka Chopra. IANS
Priyanka Chopra. IANS

The filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia has announced that the actress Priyanka Chopra will join the cast of his forthcoming action movie Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 hit of the same name which starred Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. "We have finished the first shooting schedule for the film. Priyanka will join the crew in September," said Lakhia. "We're planning to finish the film by November and it is scheduled for release early next year." The director also revealed he shot some scenes in Bangkok early this month with cast members Mahie Gill and Prakash Raj. "It was a wonderful experience shooting with them," he said. Produced by Amit Mehra, the Zanjeer remake features the Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja as the male lead. * IANS

Salim Khan satisfied with son Salman's latest film

The filmmaker Kabir Khan held a special screening of his latest film Ek Tha Tiger for the veteran actor and scriptwriter Salim Khan, the father of the movie's lead star Salman. "He was quite happy with it. At the end of the film, he hugged me. With a beaming smile, he said, 'It's a landmark film for Salman'." Produced by Yash Raj Films, Ek Tha Tiger also stars Katrina Kaif. It will be out in India on August 15. * IANS

Nine actresses to headline No Entry Mein Entry

The director Anees Bazmee announced there will be nine heroines in No Entry Mein Entry, the sequel to his hit comedy No Entry, the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2005. "We will have nine actresses in our film, but we have not finalised who they all are," said Bazmee. "As far as the leading men are concerned, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan are confirmed and will be playing two roles each." Bazmee says the film is scheduled to begin shooting by the end of the year. "I have finished the script. We will shoot some portions in Mumbai and the rest might be shot outside India." The original No Entry featured the actresses Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Esha Deol and Celina Jaitley. * IANS

Johar wraps shoot for Student of the Year

Karan Johar says he has completed filming his latest movie, Student of the Year, and plans to put out the trailer on August 2. "It's been an 11-month journey with lots of fun," he posted on Twitter. The comedy, co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan, will launch three new faces in Bollywood: Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. * IANS

Dubai designer Buffi Jashanmal competes in Project Runway

The 32-year-old designer Buffi Jashanmal, who grew up in Dubai and is currently living in New York, is a contestant in the latest season of the American reality competition series Project Runway, which premiered last week. In 2007, Jashanmal launched her high-fashion womenswear company Quiet Riot Dubai, with lines sold at various boutiques in the UAE. She moved to New York in 2010 to work for House of Diehl, an avant-garde fashion label, as well as to launch her own collection. Jashanmal also teaches an after-school fashion design programme to primary and secondary pupils. "I want to be able to work half the year in NYC and half the year in Dubai, so I can help my mother … and sell in two amazing cities and two different markets. It would allow so many options as a designer," she wrote on the show's website, where she has also posted a video featuring her home in Dubai.