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Track 2

A.R. Rahman seems to have been hit hard by the lukewarm response to his Commonwealth Games anthem, Oh yaaron, yeh India bulaa liya. So much so that the Oscar winner seems to be in the mood to experiment with alternative work avenues — such as acting. Rahman has signed up to make a special appearance in a Malayalam movie titled Track with Rahman. The film has south Indian actor Mammootty playing the lead role, and will be shot simultaneously in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. And this time, instead of making the heroes and heroines dance to his tune, Rahman will dance to someone else’s compositions. The music for the movie is being composed by Sreenivasan. Now, that’s called changing track.

Dare ’’ bare

Looks like radio Jockey Anirudh Chawla is going to give television reality shows a run for their money. For Chawla has hatched the first ever reality film that’s soon to hit the theatres. The movie is going to show 12 people bare it all — their secret desires, fears and fantasies — over three days while they stay locked in a bungalow in Mumbai. Says Chawla, who is the host of a popular late-night show on the radio channel Big 92.7 FM, “The idea is to tell people that there are a few out there with the guts to speak the truth.” The film, touted as a cross between reality shows Bigg Boss and Sach Ka Saamna, will also ask people to vote for the person who they thought was the boldest among the daring dozen. Well, with a title like Balls Hai Kya, you can be sure that this one will grab, er, lots of eyeballs.

Dark debut

First he wanted to be an author. Then he gave up writing completely and went on to become a successful literary agent. But after spending a decade looking into the manuscripts of other people, the writer in Kanishka Gupta has resurfaced. “I junked my first writing project and started focusing on promoting other authors. But I really wanted to bring out this book,” says Gupta. And the result is History of Hate. According to the debut novelist, the book, published by Rupa, is a “very dark novel” with revenge as one its themes. “Some might find the theme a little disturbing,” says Gupta. Disturbing? Nah. We always find revenge sweet.

Retro chic

This Diwali don’t miss Aishwarya Rai going retro with a vengeance. She will be appearing on the idiot box wearing a long sleeved ankle length Anarkali kurta with an embellished bodice in a sort of a desi That ’70s Show to promote her film Action Replayy. The programme on Zee TV will recreate the ’70s — the period in which the film is set. What’s more, yesteryear superstars Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman will also be felicitated as part of this blast from the past. Shaking a leg with Rai will be her co-stars Akshay Kumar and Neha Dhupia. Incidentally, this is the first time that the beauteous Ms Rai will dance for a TV channel. Call it special Diwali fireworks.

Going global

Himesh Reshammiya, he of the nasal voice fame, is going global. After his somewhat disastrous dalliance with acting in the remake of Karz, Reshammiya is all set to release an international video album. And guess who is directing the unputdownable Reshammiya’s big bang video? None other than Roman White, creator of hit videos for the likes of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber. The album, titled At Da Edge, contains 15 songs written, composed and sung by Reshammiya in English and will be released in 122 countries by March 2011. Apparently, the music videos are being shot in some very exotic and scenic locations. That’s all very well, but will the international audience take to his unique nasal ditties? Watch this space.

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