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Ash glows at the mahurat of Umrao Jaan

Subhash K Jha | October 10, 2005 14:57 IST

Aishwarya RaiAt the mahurat of JP Dutta's new film, Umrao Jaan, leading ladyAishwarya Rai lookedslim and radiant. She had flown back the night before from the shooting of The Last Legion in Slovakia straight tothe event.

Ashstayed the whole day -- chatting and enjoying the attention -- andleft the place onlyat 7.30 pm. "It's good to have her as part of our team. She gives out such positive vibes," JP's wife Bindiya Dutta said.

Throughout the day, all eyes were glued on Ashand Shabana Azmi whoplay daughter andmother in the film.

The turn-out wasimpressive. BesidesShabanaandAsh, the rest of the cast -- Suniel Shetty,Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta andPuru Raj Kumar -- also made their appearance.

But the film's leading man, Abhishek Bachchan, was missing though hekept calling and messaging the Duttas from Goa, promising to land in Mumbai before the event was over. But by evening, it was clear Abhishek wouldn't make it.

"Never mind," JP smiled fondly. "He's my boy. I can feel his presence right now!"

Anold-world charm clung to the studios. It could have been something to do with AnuMalik'ssong that was being recorded. As Richa Sharma's voice rose to a crescendo,the congregation broke intocollective goosebumps. Anu Malik's daughter Anmol accompanied Richainthe song. Anmol earlier sang in Biwi No 1.

"Javedsaab and Anu Malik have worked really hard. We've already finalised nine tunes for Umrao.Thisisthe first song," JP said.

Atthe end of the day, the director looked jubilant but exhausted. "We have to match up to the musicof those two other great classics about the tawaif -- Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan and Pakeezah. We haveto make surethatthe music isn't reminiscent of those two butghazaltoh ghazal hi rahega na?"

If Asha Bhosle was the voice of Umrao in Muzaffar Ali's film, Alka Yagnik will sing for Aishwarya inJP Dutta's Umrao Jaan.

The film goes on the floors in November. "I've my actors' dates till April. I will go on shooting for as long as it takes. This is a new genre for me, andI feel like a traveller taking an unknown road," JP says.

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Ash is loking stunning in the pics. We all are waiting for the release of the movie

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This remake will be indeed nice and worth seeing. Ash will continue her glow and style in this movie. all look forward to see her ...

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