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African safari: After a lacklustre 2012, Neil Nitin Mukesh seems to be on a roll. The light-eyed actor has David in February followed by 3G in March and then Shortcut Romeo a month later, the first-look poster of which was unveiled over the weekend.

Directed by Susi Ganesh, Shortcut Romeo is the remake of his own Tamil romantic thriller Thiruttu Payale and has Neil in the role of a young blackmailer. While Faltu actress Puja Gupta plays his love interest, Shortcut Romeo has Ameesha Patel in a negative role.

Shot extensively in Kenya’s Masai Mara, Shortcut Romeo has music by Himesh Reshammiya and releases on April 5.

 

Stuff of dreams: Theatre veteran Makarand Deshpande directs Naseeruddin Shah in Sona Spa, a futuristic thriller that deals with the business of selling sleep. The film focuses on a world in the future where humans, too busy to sleep, can hire “sleep-workers” at the spa run by Shah. The catch? The sleep-workers can also see the dreams of the person on whose behalf they are sleeping!

Sona Spa opens on March 22.

 

Deepi replaces sona: Deepika Padukone is all set to replace Sonakshi Sinha in the Salman Khan-starrer Kick.

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who had already signed Sonakshi and even paid her the signing amount, was not happy with the actress’s fee hike, and has now decided to go with Deepika (right). Randeep Hooda plays the second male lead.

Kick, slated to go on the floors later this year, has been dogged by the replacement bug from the start. After Shirish Kunder’s Joker flopped miserably last August, Nadiadwala stepped in to direct this film.

 

Love actually: Punit Malhotra, of I Hate Luv Storys fame, has bypassed rumoured real-life love Sonam Kapoor to sign on Kareena Kapoor for his new film opposite Imran Khan. Imran and Kareena starred in the unconventional rom-com Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (left) last year. And Gori Tere Pyaar Mein — yes, that’s what Punit’s film is called! — is also a romance to be produced by Karan Johar.