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Bollywood movie star Priyanka Chopra has a prominent voice-over role in Disney's new animated film Planes, which releases August 9. Chopra's character, the plane Ishani, is the love interest of the film's hero, Dusty Cropper. Of late, Chopra has been pursuing a music career in the U.S. Last year, she signed with a Los Angeles-based entertainment agency and became the first Bollywood actor to win a major record deal in the U.S. Her second single, "Exotic," featuring American rapper Pitbull, released in July. (more)


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Director Rohit Shetty's latest is another in a line of amped entertainers—a big pow of color, music, and action. The film's star, Shahrukh Khan, is hilarious as hapless and sidesplitting when scared witless. And in love, well, is anyone ever more affecting? The diminutive actor even manages to be a convincing tough guy when called upon. Khan is working hard here for laughs, but clearly having fun doing it. He doesn't turn his Common Man role into a shtick and his character, Rahul, feels authentic. Khan keeps the superstar that he is at bay—unusual for the typically self-reflexive actor—while still making Rahul pop with loads of adorable personality. (more)


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Hrithik’s 2000 film debut as the romantic lead in Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai made him an instant star—and his dreamy green eyes and buff bod have made him an enduring sex symbol. He’s the son of director Rakesh Roshan, who’s directed Hrithik in some of his most important projects. Hrithik received accolades for his turns in Mission Kashmir later in 2000 and in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham the following year. After a series of flops, he made a comeback in 2003 with the sci-fi film Koi…Mil Gaya. He took a break from acting and returned in 2006 as a superhero in Krrish, the sequel to Koi…Mil Gaya. His next two big films were the hit action flick Dhoom 2 (2006) and the award-winning historical drama Jodhaa Akbar (2008), both opposite Aishwarya Rai. In 2010, he starred in Kites opposite Mexican actress Barbara Mori, and the film garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from U.S. critics and became the first Bollywood film to crack the North American box office top 10 during its opening weekend. He subsequently appeared in Guzaarish (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), and Agneepath (2012).


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