Pallavi Sharda signed for Besharam

Pallavi

It's official. Pallavi Sharda has been signed to play the lead opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam. Sharda is an Indian-Australian actress from Perth who made her Bollywood debut in Dus Tola opposite Manoj Bajpayee and did an English film Walk Away. Crowned Miss Australia in 2010, the leggy actress also starred in Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan's home production Love Breakups Zindagi which released last year. A graduate in Law and Journalism, she has done courses in fine arts, Bharatanatyam and acting. "The film will start in December this year after Ranbir completes Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani," said director Abhinav Kashyap.

Earlier the film was to be produced by Viacom 18 but they later backed out, leaving the director in a limbo. According to Kashyap, the film is now being produced by another production house, and an announcement will be made soon.

Indian films to be screened in Thailand

Some 10 landmark Indian cinema classics, including Raja Harishchandra, Satyajit Ray's Jalsaghar and Dev Anand's Guide were screened in Bangkok as part of the Indian Centenary Film Festival.

Organised by the Indian Embassy in cooperation with the Directorate of Film Festivals and SF World Cinema, the films covered a range of genres and showcased the diversity of Indian culture, depicting both old and modern India. The films were in Hindi and other vernacular languages like Bengali, Tamil and Kannada.

The movies shown included Maqbool, V. Shantaram's Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani, Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Vijay Anand's Guide, Girish Kasaravalli's Gulabi Talkies and Mani Ratnam's Kannathil Muthamittal.

GOW writer's next with Sunil Bohra

Zeishan Quadri, who was acclaimed as one of the main writers of Gangs Of Wasseypur has begun scripting his next. Producer Sunil Bohra has roped in the writer to helm a thriller.

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