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Sonakshi shoots number for Himmatwala remake

Plus: Neil Nitin Mukesh to star in Dussehra; Lata Mangeshkar plans new reality show; Dhulia all praises for Saif Ali Khan; Madhuri wraps up Gulab Gang shoot.

Madhuri Dixit. AFP
Madhuri Dixit. AFP

Sinha shoots number for Himmatwala remake

The actress Sonakshi Sinha is excited about filming her item song for Sajid Khan’s new film Himmatwala. “I am going to do an item number for Himmatwala. We will start shooting for the song this week,” Sinha told reporters. “I really do enjoy dancing so I am really looking forward to it. But the high-energy nature of the song does make me a little nervous.” Sinha said that the track is inspired by the 1980s disco scene. The action romance Himmatwala, featuring Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah in the lead roles, is a remake of the 1983 hit of the same name. – IANS

Neil Nitin Mukesh to star in Dussehra

Neil Nitin Mukesh will be appearing in Manish Vatsalya’s next directorial venture Dussehra, a political movie. 2013 looks set to be a busy year for the actor, who will be appearing in five films. These include Shortcut Romeo, which will see him opposite Puja Gupta and Ameesha Patel; 3G, which features Sonal Chauhan; Ishqeria with Richa Chadda; and David, which features Monica Dogra and Dussehra. “I have Shortcut Romeo and 3G which are ready for release. 3G releases in March and Shortcut might be around that time, too, though we still have to lock the release date,” said the actor. – IANS

Lata Mangeshkar plans new reality show

The 83-year-old veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar is not only launching her own album and music label (LM Music) with a view to promoting new talent, she also plans to produce a reality television show, with a twist. “I am planning to come up with a singing reality show, where there will be some well-known and experienced judges,” she announced. “I am looking at a new way for this show, where there will be no audience voting and it will be only the judges who will choose the winners.” Mangeshkar, considered an icon of Indian music, admits to becoming upset when talented contestants lose out in reality shows due to public voting. – IANS

Dhulia all praises for Saif Ali Khan

The filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is working with Saif Ali Khan for the first time in the gangster thriller Bullet Raja and has nothing but praises for the actor. “We have not started shooting with Sonakshi [Sinha] yet, but I would say it was great working with Saif Ali Khan. Every director in India should work with Saif,” said Dhulia. “Saif is an outstanding performer.” Dhulia said Sinha will join the shoot in February. – IANS

Madhuri wraps up Gulab Gang shoot

The actress Madhuri Dixit has finished shooting her new film Gulab Gang, which she describes as “a women-centric drama”. Dixit says she was most thrilled about the opportunity to work with the choreographer Saroj Khan. “It is a pleasure working with Sarojji on a high-energy song for the film,” Dixit posted on Twitter. The film is inspired by the Gulabi Gang in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists. It is directed by Soumik Sen, produced by Anubhav Sinha and co-stars Juhi Chawla. – IANS