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Diana Penty signs her second..

Diana Penty

By HT

Mumbai, Jan. 19 -- Model-turned-actor Diana Penty made a successful Bollywood debut with Homi Adajania's Cocktail (which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles) in 2012.

Now, three years later, she has finally signed her second film. The movie, that will also star Abhay Deol, will be produced by Aanand L Rai and directed by Mudassar Aziz.

"Post Cocktail, Diana was approached for several films, but she didn't sign any. The only other time she made news was when rumours of her getting married to someone from the diamond industry did the rounds," says a source, adding, "Aanand and Mudassar are keen on having her in their film. They were somehow able to convince her to end her so-called 'sabbatical'."

Aanand, who has directed hit Bollywood films such as Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Raanjhanaa (2013), has been toying with the idea of solely producing films for some time now.

Having worked with Abhay in Raanjhanaa - the actor has a small role - the film-maker is now looking forward to associating with him again, this time, in the capacity of a producer.

The film is slated to go on the floors by mid-2015. When we contacted Aanand, he confirmed the news.