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Neil Nitin Mukesh, seen last month at a screening in Mumbai
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    After singing a few lines in her home production “Hissss,” Mallika Sherawat is singing a song with Sonu Sood for her film “Lucky Unlucky.” 

    Mallika and Sonu will croon in Hariyanvi (Mallika’s mother tongue) under the baton of Santokh Singh. Since the road movie will be shot across the country, Sonu, a multi-lingual star, has been asked to “scout” film and folk songs from Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
     
    Neil Nitin Mukesh stars in “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 2” and in Rakeysh Mehra’s film directed by Prerna Wadhawan. While he will play a gangster in the first film, the second film will be a romance with Shraddha Kapoor.
     
    Vidya Balan gained 12 kilos for her role of Reshma in “The Dirty Picture” and has now lost 2 kilos under a fitness plan.
     
    Shatrughan and Punam Sinha are considering an offer by Rajkumar Santoshi to work together in his next film. Sinha, who was last seen in the 2004 “Aan – Men at Work,” worked only once with her when she was billed as Poonam Chandiramani in one of his early films as a hero, “Sabak” (1973). Punam was last seen in “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008).
    Shammi Kapoor’s “Professor” heroine Kalpana, a beauty in those days, is in the intensive care unit of a Pune hospital suffering from respiratory and chest infection. Now 72, Kalpana Mohan, who was divorced after an unhappy marriage, stayed alone in Pune, but her only daughter Preeti and her husband have come down from the U.S. to look after her treatment.
     
    Achla Sachdev, the veteran actress who was last seen as Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” (2001) and is now 88, is similarly ailing but lying unloved in another Pune hospital. None of her children are looking after her. The actress, who has done 250 films as well as television serials, is best known as the “Zohra jabeen” addressed by Balraj Sahni in the “Waqt” blockbuster “Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen.”
     
    Emraan Hashmi is going out of his way to complete Shamim Desai’s “Raftaar 24/7,” now titled “Play,” and has agreed to shoot five songs free of charge. Pritam is composing the music.
     
    Porn star Sunny Leone has emerged as India’s most Google-d celebrity, beating Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Among filmland celebs, Katrina Kaif beat everyone else, with Salman Khan and Poonam Pandey, the dare-bare model and starlet, coming next.
     
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