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  • Published 18.10.17
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan begins shooting for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Fanney Khan from October 22. The actress, who was recently in Maldives for her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan's 75th birthday celebrations, is in Mumbai for Diwali.

According to a source: "She will start Fanney Khan right after Diwali. She will shoot continuously till November end. It's a start-to-finish schedule." Ash plays a singer in the film, and we hear there are three different songs featuring her opposite Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. While the first song is a dance number, the second is the romantic track between her and Rajkummar, who plays her love interest in the film.

Alexander star Colin Farrell has spoken on how he often gets mistaken for his namesake, Colin Firth. "Even though he beats me by an Oscar, about 10 inches and a lot more decorum. I tried to sign up for gym once and the woman got on the phone to sort out the membership and she said in a rather loud whisper, 'Colin Firth is here'," Farrell said on The Graham Norton Show.

Filmmaker Anup Singh's much-awaited The Song of Scorpions received a thundering response at its India premiere. The film, featuring Irrfan Khan and Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahan, premiered at the ongoing Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai. According to an ancient myth, the sting of a scorpion in Rajasthan can cause death in less than 24 hours and its only cure is a song sung by a scorpion singer which counters the poison. Golshifteh plays a healer, learning the art of scorpion singing from her grandmother Zubaida, played by Waheeda Rehman, while Irrfan plays a trader who is smitten by Golshifteh.

Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane will be working on two parallel stories in the Netflix series Sacred Games, based on Vikram Chandra's best-selling novel. Saif Ali Khan plays cop Sartaj Singh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is gangster Ganesh Gaitonde. "Nawaz plays Gaitonde, the crime lord of the series. This is an ambitious storytelling. We have two directors following two different decades of what's happening in the Mumbai crime underworld," said Erik Barmack, vice-president of international original series at Netflix.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner reunited last week for the first time since the actor's apology for groping former MTV host Hilarie Burton in 2003. The duo, who split in June 2015, took their kids out for ice cream. A day earlier, Affleck apologised to Burton on Twitter for groping her during an episode of Total Request Live.

Pop pin-up Rihanna will be immortalised in her home country, Barbados. The country's tourism ministry announced that the singer, born Robyn Fenty, will have a street named after her in St Michael. A government statement, reported by Celebrity Insider, said: "The Government of Barbados will be on Independence Day, Thursday 30th November 2017 officially change the name of Westbury New Road located in St Michael to Rihanna Drive in honor of Barbadian superstar Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up in Westbury New Road."

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