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What’s Kat up to now'

It's another jewel in the brand-studded crown of the queen of the ramp ' Katrina Kaif. Pantene has officially signed on the gorgeous model-turned-actress as its new brand ambassador. Katrina joins Pantene's league of past celebrity endorsers including Sonali Bendre, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, Amrita Rao, Anupama Verma and Tara Deshpande.

Commenting on her association with Pantene, Katrina said: 'I always believe that hair that is nourished and strong from within looks healthy and beautiful from outside. Look out for my new Pantene campaign, which has been shot in Malaysia.'

As for her filmi fare, Katrina has just shot for Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar and is also slated to appear in David Dhawan's untitled venture opposite 'friend' Salman Khan.

Dilemma debut

Theatre stalwart Suman Mukhopadhyay is in a bit of a bind with Vijay Raaz returning to the country, having been held up at the Abu Dhabi airport on drug possession charges. Raaz was supposed to play the lead in Mukhopadhyay's debut film, Herbert, to go on the floors on March 1.

'When he was incommunicado in Dubai and I had to start the film on March 1, I went ahead and chose our very own Subhasish Mukhopadhyay for the role. I had considered Subhasish long back before casting Raaz. People have usually seen him as a comic actor but I have seen his work in a completely different role in a film named Shilpantar.'

So now that Raaz is back and very much in contention to play the role will Suman go back to him' 'No, I can't do that. We are going ahead with Subhasish, who had requested me saying that irrespective of what happens I shouldn't replace him.'

Vijay Raaz: To and fro

Daddy cool

What happens when a kid with a rockstar father tries to take a break in the countryside' Willy Zilla finds out all that and more in Nick's brand new show My Dad the Rockstar, which premiered on February 26. It is based on the book My Dad The Rock Star: Rebel Without A Nose Ring by Gene Simmons of legendary rock band KISS, and follows the misadventures of Willy Zilla, a 12-year-old kid with a millionaire rock star father. Willy wants to be the normal kid on the block and thinks his dreams have come true when his dad goes into semi-retirement. But he soon finds out that life in a small town as the son of a celebrity is full of action. The show will air on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30 am and repeat at 3.30pm.

Bengali beat

Another first for Bengali music was marked with Alpha Sangeet Purashkar 2005. Eminent personalities from the world of music and the small screen lent glamour to the ceremony held at Nazrul Mancha on February 13.

Big winners for the evening included Srikanto Acharya for his Rabindrasangeet album, Lopamudra Mitra for her Adhunik album, Saheb Chattopadhyay and Rini Chowdhury as the best new talents, Kaya as the best Bangla band and Tanmoy Bose for the best fusion/world music album.

Other highlights included the felicitation of Ramkumar Chattopadhyay and Nirmala Mishra with lifetime achievement awards. While Parambrata and Debolina played the role of anchors, performances on stage included dance by Kalyan Sen Barat's ballet troupe, songs by Lopamudra and Indranil, an impromptu fusion by Tanmoy Bose and finally Krosswindz.

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