Bollywood producer Dinesh Gandhi has died in a blaze at his apartment building in Mumbai, India. Gandhi, 65, and his wife were among the seven residents who perished when a fire swept through the 12th floor of the 26-storey Mont Blanc building on Friday night (13Dec13).
His friend, director Ehsaan Noorani, confirmed the news in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "RIP Dinesh Gandhi producer of our film Armaan, he died in the horrible fire at Mont Blanc building in Mumbai."
Gandhi has worked on a number of films starring Bollywood icons including Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Anil Kapoor. His biggest box office release was 1988's Tezaab.
Bollywood star Anil Kapoor's radical Indian TV remake of U.S. action show 24 has been branded a runaway success. The Slumdog Millionaire actor produced an Indian version of the crime series, which premiered in the country on Friday night (04Oct13), and several fellow stars have praised the show.
Director Kunal Kohli took to Twitter.com to write, "24 is a new dawn in Indian TV. Can we pls pls (please) have more shows like this? enough saas (mother-in-law) bahu (daughter-in-law) sagas pls (sic)."
Actress Preity Zinta also tweeted, "Watched 24 on TV tonight & was amazed at how wonderful its turned out! Congrats 2 (to) Anil Kapoor & Raj Nayak 4 (for) changing Indian TV for ever."
Kapoor, who plays Jai Singh Rathod in a role similar to Kiefer Sutherland's famous character Jack Bauer in the series, reported earlier this year (13) that he redesigned the U.S. show to appeal to Indian audiences.
The actor also played Middle Eastern President Omar Hassan in the eighth and final season of the original 24 in 2010.
Bollywood star Preity Zinta has blasted reports a warrant has been issued for her arrest in Mumbai, India, after she failed to pay screenwriter Abbas Tyrewala. The actress was accused of not paying Tyrewala for his work on Ishkq In Paris, a movie she produced, and she was reportedly named in an arrest warrant after failing to appear in court last week (ends13Sep13).
The warrant was allegedly issued after a cheque worth $28,258 (£18,839) bounced, but the 38 year old, who has starred in a string of Bollywood hits, has since taken to Twitter.com to insist the reports are not true.
She writes, "Dear Media, pls (please) investigate stories involving celebrities PROPERLY before being in a rush to carry it... as ur (you're) indulging in defamation."
She later added, "Surprisingly I have not seen my statements made to the press anywhere and it's sad how any news is news today irrespective of the truth."
The actress, who has since submitted proof of monetary claims to the courts, denies owing any cash to the writer and accuses him of not carrying out the required work for the film, according to editors at Hindustantimes.com.