A biggie, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, is slated for an October 12 release. Directed by Pradeep Sarkar of Parineeta fame, the film stars Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen. Another biggie, Jodha Akbar starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, is also scheduled to be released the same day.
Aishwarya Rai reportedly is to star alongside Hollywood actor Steve Martin in the upcoming sequel to the 2006 movie The Pink Panther. The actress will play a detective in the new film about the clumsy French policeman Inspector Clouseau, played by Martin. The sequel will also star Andy Garcia and John Cleese.
Meanwhile, Madame Tussauds at the bustling Times Square in New York unveiled Ash's wax model on Aug 15. But the museum here has Ash in a hot pink salwar-kurta with zardozi borders and an armful of bangles.
Much in the news is Rohan Sippy's international project, Made in China, an action movie to be directed by Nikhil Advani. This is Warner Brothers' first Bollywood film. Of the big five studios in America, two—Sony and Warner—have entered the Hindi film industry in a big way with Saawariya and Made In China respectively. Shooting for Made In China, starring Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone, will begin in China in January next year and the film will be completed by May 2008.
Bipasha Basu is excited about her first ever art-house movie, Pankh, to be directed by Shudipto Chattopadhyay. Apparently she will play herself in the film but refuses to use her real name for her character. Bipasha plays a Bollywood actress whom the protagonist, a child actor, adores.
After Baghban and Babul, Ravi Chopra has cast Amitabh Bachchan again in his forthcoming Pocket Maar. This time he plays the victim of a pickpocket's designs.
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