Race 2 stars to take on Dubai

Plus: Bombay Jayashri elated with Oscar nod; and Telugu singer Khushi Murali dies at 45.

The cast and crew of the new Bollywood action movie Race 2 will visit Dubai on Wednesday. Helmed by the directing duo Abbas-Mustaan, the film stars Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandez. Set in the lush locales of Europe, the fast-paced thriller takes forward the story of 2008's Race. Wednesday's event is organised by Dream Advertising and Ministry of Events. Syed Imad, the chief of Dream Advertising, calls Race 2 "a great movie with a lot of action and passion" and says that this will be reflected in the movie's promotional tour in Dubai. On Wednesday, the cast will attend a meet-and-greet session for selected guests, then make a public appearance at Arabian Centre in Mirdif where they will interact with fans before attending an invitational gala dinner later that night. * Ujala Ali Khan

Bombay Jayashri elated over nomination

The Indian musician Bombay Jayashri is overjoyed after getting an Oscar nomination for her song Pi Lullaby for Ang Lee's movie Life of Pi. Written, composed and sung by Jayashri, the song has been nominated for Best Original Song in the 85th Academy Awards. "It feels lovely. I am feeling as if I am on the top of the world. I am deeply grateful from the bottom of my heart that this occasion has come in my life," Jayashri told the CNN-IBN news channel. "Ang Lee had few conversations on the phone with Mychael [the Canadian composer Mychael Danna] and me. When I was recording in the studio, Ang Lee was supervising it in New York and later in Los Angeles. He told me exactly what he wanted to hear," added Jayashri, one of the leading playback singers of Tamil cinema. "It was a Tamil song and he knew what emotions to get out of it. It was a fabulous learning experience." * IANS

Telugu singer Khushi Murali dies at 45

The Telugu playback singer Khushi Murali died on Friday following a cardiac arrest. He was 45. Murali suffered a heart attack while travelling to Kakinada, where he was scheduled to take part in the Kakinada Beach Festival. "He collapsed on the train he was travelling in to Kakinada. He passed away even before he reached the Kakinada government hospital," said a hospital administrator. In a career that spanned more than a decade, Murali performed more than 100 songs. Some of his hit numbers are from the films Khushi, 100% Love, Cameraman Ganga tho Rambabu and Mr Perfect. * IANS

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