When it was released in 2002, despite the lack of publicity and a big star cast, Raaz became one of the year's biggest hits. Producer Mahesh Bhatt is eager to cash in on the success of the film.He's decided to make a sequel to Raaz and has chosen director Mohit Suri to do the task. Bhatt says he might not rope in Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea and instead go for newcomers.

Tryst with books

Her new movie The Namesake, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, has won laurels in international film festivals and is about to be released in India. Film-maker Mira Nair, meanwhile, has moved on to her next project. Nair, reportedly, will be directing Shantaram, the adaptation of Gregory David Roberts'novel by the same name. The film will star Johnny Depp and Amitabh Bachchan in key roles.

Shetty on a roll!

The svelte Shetty girl has to thank the Big Brother show for bringing the spotlight back on her. Exercise your grey cells and you'll remember her last two Hindi films - Dus and Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya. Now that she's the talk of the nation, trade pundits expect more from her new films. The first to release will be Life in a Metro followed by Apne, which brings together Sunny and Bobby Deol along with Dharmendra.

Destination Malaysia

Shah Rukh Khan as Don did the trick for Malaysia. The breathtaking visuals of Malaysia in the film has made the country's tourism board put on their thinking caps and extend support to Hindi films. Portions of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehnaand Dhoom 2 (the Formula 1 track) being shot in the country only helped fuel the proceedings.The country is now keen on co-producing Hindi films and is knocking on the doors of leading producers.