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May 2003


After the super success of Raaz, the Bhatts are coming up with Saaya, a film which explores the supernatural phenomenon. Starring John Abraham and newcomer Tara Sharma, Saaya is slated for a May release. Ram Gopal Varma?s supernatural thriller Bhoot has been pushed to May 2. Kaizad Gustad?s Boom too is awaiting a May release. Another tentative May release is Armaan, Honey Irani?s directorial debut, starring Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta and Gracy Singh.

Pooja Bhatt has joined the bandwagon of women directors. She marks her directorial debut with a film titled Paap, written by her father Mahesh Bhatt and starring John Abraham. Pooja is scouting for a fresh, innocent, new face to play the lead opposite the dashing John.

Bardasht, directed by E Niwas and written by Vikram Bhatt will star Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta in the lead. Niwas is also directing Tum, starring Saif Ali Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Jackie Shroff and Saakshi Shivanand.

The Khushi pair, Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan, have reportedly been signed for Govind Nihalani?s Dev which also stars veterans Amitabh Bachchan and Om Puri. Meanwhile Zayed Khan is all set to star as ?Idiot? opposite former Miss India Celina Jaitley. Yes, that?s the title of this forthcoming movie. Celina?s debut film Jaanasheen (opposite Fardeen Khan), which was expected to release last September, has been pushed to May.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is gearing up to start his next film, this time reportedly with Hrithik Roshan. The celebrated director will make a historical, Bajirao Mastani. The choice of Mastani is not yet known.

Hollywood actress Gina Marie made her Bollywood debut with Valentine Days in March. Gina has worked with Hollywood stars like Michael Madison and Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also has two other films on the floor. Her next film will star Kabir Bedi and Manisha Koirala. She has also been signed for a Mani Shankar film, Rudraksh, starring Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Bipasha Basu.

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