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Priyanka Chopra releases her debut single

Plus, Karan Johar is all praises for Basu's new film, Barfi!; the fashion designer Manish Malhotra reveals Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor's wedding details; Salman Khan joins Facebook and gets a million 'likes'.

Priyanka Chopra unveils her first single, In My City, in Mumbai. Her debut album is expected to be released early next year. IANS
Priyanka Chopra unveils her first single, In My City, in Mumbai. Her debut album is expected to be released early next year. IANS

Chopra releases her debut single

The actress Priyanka Chopra this week unveiled her debut music single, In My City. "This is the culmination of a two-year journey that has been the toughest yet most enriching experience," she said. The song features the American rapper will.i.am, and is produced by Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter. "I walked into this as a novice, with no training in music," said Chopra. "I hope I've been able to create a sound that India will be proud of." Her debut album is expected to be released early next year. - IANS

Johar all praises for Basu's new film

The filmmaker Karan Johar says he felt "talentless" after watching Anurag Basu's new film Barfi!, about a deaf-mute boy befriending an autistic girl. "I have never felt more limited, inferior and talentless. Anurag Basu is the god of all filmmakers," Johar posted on Twitter on Saturday. "Ranbir Kapoor [pictured] has given the most outstanding performance. It will be an honour to work with him. Kudos for this masterpiece that defines the barometer of modern cinema." Barfi! is now screening in UAE cinemas. - IANS

Varma gears for Bhoot sequel release

The filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has announced he has finishing shooting Bhoot Returns, the sequel to his 2003 horror hit Bhoot. He revealed the 3D movie was filmed inside a house in Mumbai that was believed to be haunted. "The cast and crew was a bit spooked. As for me, I was busy trying to scare them so I never had the time to feel afraid," said Varma. Bhoot Returns marks the Bollywood comeback of the actress Manisha Koirala. It co-stars JD Chakravarthy and Madhu Shalini. It will be released in India on October 12. - IANS

Khan joins Facebook, gets two million likes

After his fellow Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan joined Facebook early this month, Salman Khan created his own official page on Friday and quickly gathered more than two million likes in a day. "A lot of people told me that I have many fake Facebook pages, and wanted to know when I was going to join. So here I am now on this platform," said Khan, 46, in a video message. The actor also announced he will be opening clothing shops in India next month for his charity group, Being Human. - IANS

Designer reveals Khan-Kapoor wedding details

The fashion designer Manish Malhotra has confirmed that the actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are getting married next month and that he will be designing Kapoor's wedding dress. "It will be a very small function with family and friends, then a reception in Delhi. I'm designing for both occasions," said Malhotra, adding that Kapoor wants to keep things simple: "Kareena has never liked too much embroidery or jewellery. She's simple, so the wedding is going to be more about old-world charm." - IANS