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Police invited to movie on Mumbai attacks

Plus, SRK denies patch-up with Salman Khan; Pran is ¿recovering fast¿; Movie version of comedy show in the works; Ignore box office says Talaash director

Shah Rukh Khan disputes rumours that he and Salman Khan have resolved their differences. IANS
Shah Rukh Khan disputes rumours that he and Salman Khan have resolved their differences. IANS

Police invited to movie on Mumbai attacks

The filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is inviting survivors of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks to watch a short sequence of his movie about the incident. Varma, whose film The Attacks of 26/11 is scheduled to be released next year, is also asking policemen who battled the Pakistani terrorists to see the clip. "We are showing a 15-minute sequence of the opening which will clearly establish the purpose and the intent why a film on this subject was made," Varma said. Yesterday, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist who was caught in Mumbai, was hanged for his part in the attacks, in which 168 people died. - IANS

SRK denies patch-up with Salman Khan

Shah Rukh Khan has denied that his long-running feud with Salman Khan is over. The actors, who have not been on speaking terms since a falling out at a party in 2008, were rumoured to have recently buried the hatchet. But when interviewed at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Khan denied this was the case. "This is a very old question. It's boring," he said. Earlier this week, Amitabh Bachchan had tweeted that the spat was over. When asked about this, Khan said: "If Amitji has tweeted it then you all ask him. There is no patch-up. I read about in newspapers. Don't believe it." - IANS

Pran is 'recovering fast'

There was a sense of gloom across Bollywood when the news broke that the 92-year-old veteran actor Pran had been hospitalised. He is, however, on the way to recovery and could be discharged in the next couple of days, says the actor Raza Murad, who visited Pran this week. "It was nothing but a minor respiratory problem brought on by the smoke during Diwali," said Murad. Yet, he said, he was upset that Pran received so few visitors from the film industry. "Let's keep in mind their contribution to our cinema in totality before ignoring them during their illness," said Murad. - IANS

Movie version of comedy show in the works

As the hit TV sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah reaches its 1,000th episode, the producer Asit Kumar Modi says a film version is in the offing. "The film is in its scripting stage. I have to take this call because of the viewers' request," Modi said. "These days comedy films are working very well. So I believe this is the right time. I am very excited about the film. The film will go on the floors in 2013," he said, adding that the film will have a fresh take so the audience does not feel as if they are watching yet another episode of the series. - IANS

Ignore box office says Talaash director

Box-office collections indicate how many people watched your film, not how many liked it, says Reema Kagti, whose new film Talaash is scheduled to be released next week. "So I feel if you want to judge a film, you can't just take the numbers approach," said Kagti. Talaash is a thriller starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. Kagti said she has new projects on the go with the Talaash co-writer Zoya Akhtar and hopes to make an announcement about them in the coming months. - IANS