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Opposite the superstar

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone will romance Tamil superstar Rajnikanth in his upcoming flick Kochadaiyaan. “Deepika Padukone has been confirmed as the heroine of Kochadaiyaan,” said some sources from the film’s unit.

Deepika had been earlier cast opposite Rajnikanth in Rana, but the film’s shooting was stalled after he fell sick on the first day of the film’s shoot on the sets last year.

However, the superstar’s younger daughter Soundarya gave his die-hard fans, who had performed special pujas and prayers for his recovery from a reported kidney ailment, a cause for cheer by announcing she would direct her father in Kochadaiyaan, believed to be a period flick.

The movie has already garnered attention with its first look, a still with Rajnikanth sporting six-pack, beard and a yogi-like hairdo, setting off anticipation about the movie among cine-buffs. The star cast of Kochadaiyaan, which will be a high-tech 3D film, reportedly includes Bollywood star Jackie Shroff, another top Tamil star R Sarath Kumar and many others.

Short and sweet

Directed by Adeeb Rais, Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha? is a first-of-its-kind short film which will have an online release on February 29. Set in contemporary Mumbai, the movie is 23 minutes long and is a quirky and fun take on love, relationships, commitment and marriage.

The happy life of divorce lawyer Akshay Rana (Purab Kohli) goes for a complete toss when his girlfriend of seven years Tarana (Nauheed Cyrusi) is adamant on tying the knot.

Akshay doesn’t want to let go of his love but doesn’t believe in the concept of marriage and fears commitment at the same time.

Will he let go of his love or will love win over and convince him to finally take the plunge? 

Is there something else in store for him? Watch the movie to find out.

A musical journey

Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, who is all set to make the sequel to his 1990 hit musical Aashiqui, says the film was autobiographical as it was based on the story of his first love. “The best kept secret about Aashiqui is that it is also an autobiographical film, as it deals with the story of my very first love,” Bhatt tweeted.

Aashiqui, directed by Mahesh Bhatt and produced by Gulshan Kumar and Mukesh Bhatt, starred Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy. The film was a commercial success and its songs became hugely popular. Bhatt also revealed that the sequel to the film is the result of a dream he had seen years ago along with record company owner Gulshan Kumar.“‘Make me a musical love story and I promise you that the movie will remain in the hearts of every Indian for decades to come,’ he (Gulshan) said.

21 yrs later, Bhushan Kumar and Mohit Suri have come together to dream the same dream that we did twenty one years ago (sic),” Bhatt added. “Aashiqui 2 will dare to rise up to the expectations ignited by this ageless musical and continue the legacy.”

Shocked at Yuvi’s illness

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is shocked to hear about star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s illness and prays for his well-being. “Shocked to learn of Yuvraj Singh down with cancer. Yuvraj if you read this, know that we all pray for you. All shall and will be well (sic),” Amitabh wrote on his Twitter page. Yuvraj has been diagnosed with a malignant tumour in his lung and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, US.

Back to the good old days

Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar went down the memory lane as they remembered dressing up for Abhishek Bachchan’s theme-based birthday parties.

Karan still can’t forget making a fool of himself at one such bash. Hrithik and Karan took to Twitter to wish Abhishek on his birthday on February 5 and share their childhood memories. 

“@juniorbachchan miss the happy birthday parties in the backyard. Chor police, cowboys, the fancy dress memories! But you’ve always been d GURU of all good things personified (sic),” Hrithik posted. Karan responded to this saying, “@iHrithik @juniorbachchan...yes and I came as superman when there was NO fancy dress theme! AB never let's me forget how idiotic I looked! (sic)"
Hrithik further tweeted, “And we have pictures to prove it. Haha, you were always ahead of times even then!” Abhishek too tweeted, saying, “@kjohar25 @ihrithik well well well. The less said on that topic the better (sic).”