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'My hands are pretty full': Sonakshi Sinha talks about her 2013 projects

Plus: Khan talks goose bumps on first shoot day; new Honey Singh-Jazzy B song a hit online; Dehraadun Diary spotlights corruption.

A scene from Dehraadun Diary. IANS
A scene from Dehraadun Diary. IANS

After a successful 2012 with hits including Rowdy Rathore, the new year looks promising for the actress Sonakshi Sinha. “In 2013, I have Lootera, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2,” said the 25-year-old star. “And I’m going to start shooting for Bullet Raja and Rambo Rajkumar with Prabhudheva and Shahid Kapoor and the Thuppakki remake.” Sinha is cast opposite Ranveer Singh in Lootera, with Akshay Kumar in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2 and Saif Ali Khan in Bullet Raja. “So yes, my hands are pretty full this year. It feels good. I’ve always worked hard and when your hard work pays off in terms of people liking your film, it’s amazing,” she said. – IANS

Khan: goosebumps on first shoot day

The choreographer-turned-actor Salman Yusuff Khan, who is making his big-screen debut in Remo D’Souza’s ABCD Any Body Can Dance, says he had goosebumps on the movie’s first shooting day. “When I saw my name written on a huge vanity van – ‘for the actor Salman’ – it was an awesome feeling,” said the 27-year-old actor. “I got goose bumps! Once I stepped inside, there was no looking back.” Produced by UTV Spotboy, ABCD – Any Body Can Dance is India’s first 3D dance film and also co-stars Prabhudheva, Kay Kay Menon, Ganesh Acharya, Dharmesh and Mayuresh. It is scheduled to premiere in India on February 8. Currently recuperating from an on-set injury, Khan is gearing up to shoot Vivek Agnihotri’s new film Freedom. – IANS

New Honey Singh and Jazzy B
song proves to be a hit online

The Punjabi song-and-dance number This Party Gettin Hot, by the singers Jazzy B and Honey Singh, has attracted close to 1.5 million views since its release last week on YouTube. “It is now ranked as the number one most watched video in India on YouTube,” said Dinesh Aulakh, the director of Speed Records. “Over the past few days, it’s also been among the top five most watched videos in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.” The Birmingham-based Punjabi singer-songwriter Jazzy B says they felt an online launch of the track would be better than a conventional song release. “The combined viewership of the teaser video, the promo video and the actual music video on YouTube have crossed the figure of two million views,” said the 37-year-old Jazzy B. – IANS

Dehraadun Diary spotlights corruption

The filmmaker Milind Ukey says his new movie Dehraadun Diary focuses on corruption in the political and judicial systems in India and the people’s uprising against it. It is based on the true story of a murder case in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. “The whole hard-hitting story around this murder reflects strongly on our social realities,” said Ukey. “Dehraadun Diary is a need of these times. It’s a reaction to the horrible and inhuman incidents such as what happened in the recent Delhi rape case.” The film stars Ragini Nandwani, Adhyayan Suman and Rohit Bakshi. Ukey added, “In Dehraadun Diary, I trace the journey of the murder victim’s family to get justice. The film gives you a platform to share this urgent call on the violence and political corruption related to such crimes.” – IANS