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Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during Sansui Colors Stardust Awards 2016 in Mumbai on Dec. 19, 2016. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Buzz is that the entire Bachchan clan—Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will co-star for the first time in “Gulab Jamun” being produced by Anurag Kashyap.

Buzz is also that Karan Johar will produce the Hindi remake of “Sairat” with Jhanvi Kapoor, Boney Kapoor and Sridevi’s daughter, and Ishaan Khattar, Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother.

Malavika Mohanan, a stage artiste who has done films and ads and is the daughter of noted DOP K.V. Mohanan, is the final choice as Ishaan Khattar’s sister and the female lead in Majid Majidi’s first Indian film, “Beyond The Clouds.”

Buzz is Tamannaah Bhatia and Bhumika Chawla are starring in the Hindi remake of the yet-unreleased Tamil film “Koliayutthir Kaalam” directed by Chakri Toleti. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, it stars Prabhudheva as the antagonist.

After collaborating with Coldplay and Jay-Z, Sonakshi Sinha will also perform at Justin Bieber’s concert in Mumbai.

This buzz is almost 40 years old but has resurfaced now as Sonakshi Sinha, who plays the lead in the “Ittefaq” remake, was told by her father Shatrughan Sinha that he had been first offered the role played by Rajesh Khanna in the 1969 film but had date problems!

After making four new television shows and also movies helmed by debutant directors, Sooraj Barjatya will make his biggie with Salman Khan. But right now, the idea is just there as a rough sketch, and he has asked the actor for a time.

Buzz is that Krushna Abhishek, whose show “Comedy Nights Bachao” (which means “Save comedy nights!”) could not be saved on Aap Ka Colors, actually wants to team up with rival Kapil Sharma! He even compares this to Shah Rukh Khan being cast with Salman Khan. Now, where was this level of humor on the show?

After teaming up with Chef Darshan Munidasa for a fine dining place named Kaema Sutra in hometown Colombo, Jacqueline Fernandez will soon start another restaurant in Mumbai’s Bandra.

Though the film just broke even, “Go Goa Gone” is a cult film now and among Saif Ali Khan’s memorable productions. The actor-producer is now planning the sequel with writer-director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., and the script is being developed.

Reportedly, Javed Akhtar will play a college principal who defends Manto’s rights in Manto’s biopic with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title-role. The film is directed by Nandita Das and stars Shabana Azmi as singer-actress-composer Jaddanbai, late actress Nargis’ mother. The couple will not share a frame in the film.

After Akshay Kumar signing Salman Khan, it is Ajay Devgn co-producing a Marathi film starring Nana Patekar. Satish Rajwade will direct the film.

Akshay Kumar, who is known for his philanthropy, has offered help to Ravi Shrivastava, the ailing producer of his first-ever released film, “Saugandh.” The aged producer needs a kidney transplant.

Hariharan, one of the disciplines of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, gifted his guru a sedan on his 86th birthday. His guru terms the car special because it shows the love of one of his students.

Noted Marathi music duo Ajay-Atul has replaced Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as composers in Yash Raj Films’ “Thugs Of Hindustan” starring Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

Finally, Emraan Hashmi, whose box office record has been pathetic for almost five years now, has signed Kamaal R. Khan, the maverick and controversial actor, filmmaker and critic, as creative consultant on his maiden and Army-based film, “Captain Nawab.”

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