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South Indian International Movie Awards postponed

Plus: Priyanka 'happy¿ about leaked song; Kapoor still searching for leading lady; Bipasha Basu uses own fitness DVDs; Sonam's biggest critic turns admirer.

Sameera Reddy at the South Indian International Movie Awards in Dubai last year. This year's ceremony will take place in September. Lee Hoagland / The National
Sameera Reddy at the South Indian International Movie Awards in Dubai last year. This year's ceremony will take place in September. Lee Hoagland / The National

The second edition of the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA), scheduled to take place last weekend, has been postponed until September to avoid clashing with other celebrations for the centenary of Indian cinema. The venue remains the Expo Centre Sharjah. The event will still feature the Generation Next Awards on the first night and the SIIMA awards on the second. Nominations for the awards have been submitted by veterans of the South Indian film industry. - Ujala Ali Khan

Abhishek Kapoor still searching for his next leading lady

The filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, set to shoot his next film headlined by the actor Sushant Singh Rajput, says he's still hunting for the project's leading lady. Katrina Kaif was earlier rumoured for the role, but Kapoor didn't comment on whether he's even courting the actress for the movie. "We are still in the scripting stage. Sushant is playing the lead and nothing else has been finalised," Kapoor told reporters. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. - IANS

Chopra 'happy to share' leaked song Exotic

Priyanka Chopra's second single, Exotic, has been leaked online, but the actress says she's not irked. "So my new single Exotic has been leaked! I should be angry, but I'm actually quite relieved and happy to share it with you all," the actress posted on Twitter. The American rapper Pitbull has collaborated with her for the song. "The official version is out any minute now … wait for it. And as always, let me know what you guys think," she added. Chopra's first single, In My City, featured will.i.am. - IANS

Sonam Kapoor's biggest critic turns admirer

Sonam Kapoor says her biggest critic - her father, the actor Anil Kapoor - complimented her for her role in the romantic saga Raanjhanaa, currently screening in UAE cinemas. "The biggest compliment for me was when my dad saw the film. Usually he is my biggest critic. He told me: 'There is not one false moment from you,'" she said. "Obviously, he doesn't say anything beyond that," Kapoor added. Directed by Anand L Rai, Raanjhanaa also stars the Tamil actor Dhanush. - IANS

Bipasha Basu uses own fitness DVDs on set

Bipasha Basu, known in the industry for not missing a workout session even while filming, was in Ooty this weekend shooting for her new movie Creature. When she didn't find the nearby gym's facilities satisfactory, her own DVDs came in handy. The actress has produced two fitness-based DVDs, BB Love Yourself: Fit and Fabulous You (2010) and Break Free (2012). "In Ooty, the gym is not that great, so the workout DVDs are helping us all," tweeted the 34-year-old. - IANS

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