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‘I play a taxi driver in my next film’

HEARD PREITY SHOOTS AT EIFFEL TOWER

reity Zinta, who has been P busy working on her debut co-production, Ishq In Paris, in

the French capital, was delighted to shoot at the iconic Eiffel Tower. “Shot at the Eiffel tower tonight. Now I can officially say I know every nook and corner of this tower. Jai Ho! Ting,” Preity tweeted on Tuesday. The actor is done with the first schedule of the film that’s being directed by Prem Soni. The crew even shot in temperatures as low as minus 21 degrees. HTC

Actor-singer Lucky Ali is back with his sixth album and a film Aditi Pant ■

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f life were a book, Lucky Ali’s book would have many interesting chapters. From breeding horses, selling carpets to taking up organic farming, the singer-actor has always followed his heart. “I believe life’s secrets lie in the journey, not the destination. My new album’s title, Raasta Man, also reflects that,” says the 53-year-old. Ali, who was in the Capital to launch his 25-city tour to promote his sixth album, that he has composed and produced, has put up all his

Actor Govinda (R) with daughter Narmada

Govinda plans to launch daughter ovinda, 48, who has completed 25 years in showbiz, says he will start his home production to launch his 22-year-old daughter Narmada. “I’m starting my production, something I never wanted to do. Film production is very tough. Initially when I started, I wasn’t successful but my wife and family members supported me... you should not give up,” said Govinda,

who produced the film, Ssukh (2005), that didn’t do well. “Finally, I’m starting my own production, and I’ll start for Nammu (Narmada). I have a good subject for her and I’ve worked very hard on it (script),” he said. Govinda wants to ensure his daughter is launched in a manner that she carves a niche for herself. “I want her to create the best with whatever she has got,” he said. IANS

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On new album On free music

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The title, Raasta Man, reflects my belief that life’s secrets lie in the journey, not the destination

On his film

I want my fans to get access to my music for free. All new songs can be downloaded from the album’s website

I play a taxi driver in my film. Since the movie is still being worked out, I can’t reveal any names yet

songs on the album’s website for free downloading. “I want my fans to get access to my music for free. They anyway pay for our concerts. In fact, instead of concert tickets, the fans will get a CD,” says the Bangalorebased singer. Ali is also making a movie, also titled Raasta Man. “I play a taxi driver in it. Everyone is a protagonist in my film,” he said during his visit to the Sura Vie lounge in the city. He’s making the film in collaboration with a company in Hyderabad and has started a company, Holistic Republic. Ali’s tour will begin in Gurgaon on March 17. The concert area will also have food and shopping stalls along with karaoke dedications and games. The concert tickets, priced at R1099 (seating) and R599 (standing), will be available soon.

SONAKSHI LOVES BEING PAMPERED t 24, Sonakshi Sinha is A quite a pampered girl! When the actor returned to Mumbai

after a month-long schedule in Kolkata, she was welcomed at the airport by her mother. “Back home after a MONTH! Ma came to pick me up at the airport, how cute is that?? Ghar ka khaana aur maa ka taana... zindagi mein aur rakha kya hai!! loving it,” Sonakshi posted on Twitter. In Kolkata, she was busy working on the film, Lootera, in which she is paired opposite Ranveer Singh. HTC

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akistani actor Veena Malik, P has just signed a contract for a Bollywood film, in which

she will be paired opposite actor and rumoured ex-flame, Ashmit Patel. Veena says the film titled, Supermodel, would show the sizzling chemistry between them. “This is where people will get to see the rocking chemistry between Ashmit Patel and myself, long after the Bigg Boss episode,” said Malik, adding: “It will be shot in Australia and the Fiji Island.” ANI

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DIA RAISES VOICE AGAINST ANIMAL SKIN TRADE A

ctor Dia Mirza (above) has posed as a snake to raise her voice against animal skin trade in an ad for animal rights organisation, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The caption of the ad reads: “Face It: Exotic Skins Kill. Wild Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in Your Wardrobe.” “Skinning animals alive or beating them to death for a pair of boots or

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a purse cannot be justified. By choosing widely available fake snake and mock croc, you can pay tribute to these animals’ beauty without stealing their skins and killing them,” said Dia. Dia is “bloodied” in the ad to make it look as if she was skinned alive, which is the case for many snakes used in the skin trade. The ad is shot by ace photographer Jatin Kampani.

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her Lock Holmes says that Akshay Kumar has taken his producing ways seriously. The actor plans to retire from acting and become a full-time producer very soon. So, even if he’s not working in his production, he keeps tabs on every aspect of his projects, right from the sale of the TV rights to getting the film the right kind of publicity. Hmmn.

autanki Naari from N Lokhandwala says that producer-director Vikram

Bhatt isn’t directing Raaz 3 alone. He has a ghost director — his uncle Mahesh Bhatt guides his nephew on how to direct the scenes. One of these Saturdays, Vikram shot scenes at the film’s Madh Island set with Bipasha Basu and Emraan Hashmi. Badhiya hai!


‘I play a taxi driver in my next film’