Abhishek is an item

MUMBAI: After the sultry sirens and sizzling seductresses, it is turn for the dudes to jump the item number bandwagon. And guess who is the first one to hitch on? None other than Aby’s baby himself. Yes, Abhishek Bachchan is doing an item number! Director Mahesh Manjrekar has signed Abhishek to do just a song. Those who have seen this number came out with jaws dropping. He was so good. So besides a host of stars like Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Amrita Arora, Neha Dhupia, Himanshu Malik, et al; watch out for Abhishek Bachchan too. But what made Bachchan junior agree to taking the step(s)? Blame it on Suniel

Shetty who convinced him.

Aashish busy as a bee

MUMBAI: Aashish Chowdhry is back from a 15-day schedule in Mauritius. He was shooting for Harry Baweja’s Girlfriend which also stars Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora. Karan Razdan is directing the movie. Meanwhile, Aashish is eagerly awaiting the release of his English film Enjoy. He also has some other prestigious projects in his kitty which includes Shaadi Ka Ladoo with Sanjay Suri, Mandira Bedi and Samita Bangargi.

Nana’s son to debut

MUMBAI: While Nana Patekar’s role of an encounter specialist is generating quite a buzz, here is more news on the intense actor. According to the grapevine, Nana Patekar’s son Malhar is all set to make his debut as an actor. Reports are that his first film will be produced by a Delhi-based producer, and will also star a newcomer in the female lead.

Aamir says ‘Quit smoking’

LONDON: Nothing is more dangerous than cigarette smoking, says film star Aamir Khan. Aamir describes his struggle to quit smoking in a rare interview uploaded in the pioneering London-based oral history website In the candid interview with website editor Vijay Rana, Aamir admitted he found it difficult to quit smoking despite sincere efforts. Aamir said he hailed from a conservative family in which his parents, particularly his Ammi, were strictly against smoking. “I never smoked while in school or college. I never touched a cigarette until I was 23 or 24.” On beginning his career in films, he said he had to smoke while acting for one his films and then found that he could never completely give it up. “In the last 10 years I have made may attempts to quit smoking.” “I started smoking when I was doing Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin and Aatank hi Aatank. I didn’t know about smoking; I had to learn it and I was very confident that I would never develop a habit for it.” Aamir, a keen player of squash, admitted that cigarette smoking had affected his health and reduced his stamina.