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Zeta-Jones planning to find peace in India

Plus: Imran finds it scary to work with Pankaj, and Akheeva uses film debut to brush up on Hindi

The actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is planning to go to India for the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage. Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Michael Kors / AFP
The actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is planning to go to India for the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage. Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Michael Kors / AFP

Zeta-Jones planning to find peace in India

Catherine Zeta-Jones says she's planning to visit India's Kumbh Mela later this month in search of "peace and tranquillity". The Hollywood actress also said that she would like to fit in a Bollywood film appearance, if she gets a "good opportunity", but primarily hopes to improve her well-being. "Personally, I've been going through a tough period in my life," she said. "I swear by yoga, which I believe has its roots in India. So I really want to visit the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage and I am told it is a sight to behold for the eyes and soul." - IANS

Imran Khan: scary to work with Pankaj

For the first time, Imran Khan is working with Pankaj Kapoor in the new film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and says working with the veteran actor can be unnerving. "Pankaj-ji is a fantastic actor, but working with him is very scary," Khan said. "As soon as the director says 'action', he explodes as a bomb and the actor who is standing in front of him has to be ready to take whatever he is going to do, because if you are not ready, then the whole scene may get spoilt. So, you have to be alert and have to be on your toes." The film, to be released in India this week, is directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and co-stars the actress Anushka Sharma. After Matru Ki Bijlee, Khan will next be seen in Mumbai Talkies and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again. - IANS

Akheeva uses film to brush up on Hindi

The Australian model-turned-actress Kristina Akheeva, who is set to make her Bollywood debut in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, reportedly used the film's production to improve her Hindi. "I am indeed taking my career in Bollywood very seriously and I think that the language plays a very important role," Akheeva said. "Hence, I am brushing up my Hindi skills." A romantic comedy, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 has been directed by Sangeeth Sivan and Akheeva is paired with Sunny Deol. It also stars the Australian actress Emma Brown Garrett, who speaks Hindi and Urdu. - IANS