Bollywood’s Ash to star in Pink Panther

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is to star alongside Hollywood actor Steve Martin in the upcoming sequel to the 2006 movie “The Pink Panther”, a newspaper reported on Friday. The Hindustan Times said the former Miss World 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, it said.

“It is true that Aishwarya has signed the film,” Hari Singh, Rai’s business manager, was quoted as saying.

Singh said 33-year-old Rai was currently finishing Hindi films “Akbar-Jodha” and “Sarkar 2” and would start shooting for “The Pink Panther 2” from the beginning of September.

Based on the 1964 original starring Peter Sellers, “The Pink Panther” saw singer Beyonce Knowles star opposite Martin.

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Aaja Nachle – Madhuri Back to Sliver Screen

Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kunal Kapoor
Directed by: Anil Mehta
Produced by: Aditya Chopra
Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Release Date: 30 November 2007
Film Overview: Madhuri Dixit makes her comeback in this fun-filled musical about one individual’s efforts to infuse laughter and dance into her small town.

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Aaja Naachley

For an actress who staunchly believes that dancing awakens spirituality, no other movie could have marked a befitting comeback to Bollywood than Yashraj Films’ ‘Aaja Naachley’.

After a five-year long hiatus since her last release ( Devdaas in 2005), Madhuri Dixit has stepped under the arc lamps of tinsel town again. Many filmmakers vied to sign her, but Madhuri gave her consent only to producer Aditya Chopra for ‘Aaja Naachley’, which has been directed by ace cinematographer Anil Mehta.

‘Aaja Naachley’ has Madhuri playing a theatre actress. The film is a fun-filled musical about a woman who tries to bring happiness into the lives of people in a small town through dance.

Besides Madhuri, the film stars Kunal Kapoor , Konkona Sen Sharma and Divya Dutta . In fact, Madhuri became very friendly with Konkona and Divya while shooting the film.

Madhuri gave fitness tips to Divya on how to lose weight without putting much strain on body. In giving advice to Divya, Madhuri drew on her own experience as she herself had lost much weight before shooting the film.The movie’s shooting began in January 2007. Madhuri flew from Denver in the US (where she lives with her husband Ram Nene) to Mumbai with her two kids Ryan and Arin. Sometimes the kids accompanied Madhuri to the shooting sets in Yashraj Studios.

Madhuri also made sure that fun went hand-in-hand with work while shooting for ‘Aaja Naachley’. In between the shots, Madhuri would often play dumb charades with Konkona and Divya. She also invited the whole cast and crew of the film to her son’s birthday.

‘Aaja Naachley’ has music by Salim and Suleiman Merchant. Anil Mehta is the film’s cinematographer and director.

The movie is set to release on November 30.