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Priyanka Chopra: Nobody made opportunities for me in the West

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When Priyanka Chopra Jonas started her journey in the West, there was no one to facilitate her entry into Hollywood with adequate opportunities. That is something she wants to change, with the power to create stories. Now that she has turned producer, the actress says she wants to help in the normalisation of South Asian people through stories as a producer.

“I don’t put myself in a box. I am very organic with what I feel. I am doing a comedy with Mindy Kaling, which is probably one of the first few romantic comedies in Hollywood that you will see with all-South Asian star cast. I don’t remember the last time that has happened. So that’s something very exciting. It was my quest,” Priyanka told IANS while opening about the road she wants to get on as a producer.

“When I started working there, nobody made opportunities for me. In fact, opportunities for people who are South Asian and look like us are very limited in Hollywood. I wanted to be able to be a kind of producer that creates that,” she added.

The actress continued: “I’m (also) doing a reality show, which is going to have couples from all ethnicities, all religions, celebrating a Sangeet. To take an Indian tradition and open it out to the world and have them understand, this is what I’m doing.”

It was in 2015 that the actress founded her production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, and started backing films in Hindi, Marathi, Sikkimese and Punjabi, some of which even won National Film Awards.

Now, she is going global thanks to the OTT power. She sealed a two-year multimillion-dollar, first-look television deal with the global streaming platform Amazon. She backed horror film “Evil Eye”, and is also producing the drama “Sheela” in which she will appear as Ma Anand Sheela. Priyanka has also executive-produced “The White Tiger” for Netflix.

“I’m taking the India that I know, the India that I have grown up in, and sort of creating things where there is a normalisation of seeing South Asian people in entertainment. In my little way, I’m trying to do as much of that as I can,” said the actress, who is married to pop star Nick Jonas.

For Priyanka, it all started at the age of 17 when she was crowned Miss World. She soon stepped into the world of Bollywood in 2003 with “The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy”.

Bollywood entertainers like “Fashion”, “7 Khoon Maaf”, “Barfi!”, “Mary Kom”, “Don”, and “Aitraaz” cemented her position in the industry. But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. There were also the likes of “Bluffmaster!”, “Salaam-E-Ishq”, “God Tussi Great Ho”, “Drona”, and “What’s Your Raashee?”.

She explored the world of music with singles like “In my city” and “Exotic”, and walked into the US television space as FBI agent Alex Parrish in “Quantico”. She made her Hollywood debut as a villain in “Baywatch”.

“When I came into the movies, I didn’t even know I could act. I was a 12th standard girl who suddenly became Miss World. And then suddenly, I was thrown into the movies. I didn’t have the privilege of going to film school or understanding what cinema was,” she said while looking back at her journey.

“I was pushed into it, and then I realised that this is actually a job. That this is not just trying to look pretty, hair, makeup and going onto the set. That it is a craft, you can hone it, you can create characters — and there’s a massive responsibility to that. That is when I started getting excited about the movies, but never in my wildest dreams, would I have seen having a 20-year career the way I’ve had,” she said.

Especially when she was told that she just had 10 years to work.

“In fact, at that time, I was told that women have a shelf life… jaldi-jaldi jitna bhi bhi kaam karna hai, do it. Imagine 10 years if you’re lucky. Sitting here, 20 years later, I feel like my ambition has only grown,” she said.

Her work slate reflects that.

Priyanka is currently seen in the film adaptation of “The White Tiger”, which released on Netflix on January 22. She recently completed work on “Text For You”, developing an untitled comedy with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, and also has roles in Russo Brothers’ “Citadel” and “The Matrix 4”.

“So far, I feel unfinished. I have a lot to do. I don’t know what that is. But I just (want to) keep walking in that direction,” said the 38-year-old.

source: The Statesman

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Kriti Sanon: What breaks us somewhere unites us

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Kriti Sanon has spoken of the bright side of gloom in a new video. She says what breaks people somewhere unites them, too.

Kriti posted the video on Instagram, observing how people were going beyond their capacity to help those in need.

“What breaks us somewhere unites us. Today, when I look around it, doesn’t matter what your caste is or religion is, profession is, rich or poor, which state are you from — nothing matters. At the end of it we are all just human beings who can feel and recognise each other’s pain,” she says in the video.

“We feel terrible when someone is in need and we are trying our best to spread the word and get that person help. We are total strangers to each other. We are donating, we are trying to figure a way to end each other’s suffering and pain. Just a thought,” she adds.

Kriti captioned the image: “I try and see a silver lining in everything.. a ray of light in the dark, good in the bad.. Ya.. I am that person.. Main aur meri tanhayi aksar baatein kiya karte hain.. Just felt like sharing my today’s bedtime thought.. Thank you for being my “Dear Diary” for the night.. #WeAreInThisTogether.”

The actress has just wrapped up shooting for the upcoming film “Bhediya”, which also stars Varun Dhawan. The supernatural film is directed by Amar Kaushik, and the film is slated to release on April 14 next year.

Besides “Bhediya”, Kriti will be seen in the film “Mimi”, which is based on surrogacy.

She also stars with Akshay Kumar in the action comedy “Bachchan Pandey”, and with Tiger Shroff in the action drama “Ganpath”. Kriti’s line-up of films also includes “Hum Do Hamare Do” with Rajkummar Rao and “Adipurush” with Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan.

source: The Statesman

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Kangana Ranaut: If you don’t know what to do on Navratri, worship your mother

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Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday suggested that one should worship their mother and seek her blessings on the occasion of Navratri. The actress shared the thought while wishing fans on the occasion of Gudi Padwa and Navratri.

Kangana shared a photograph of herself praying to a Goddess and wrote: “Wishing everyone happy #GudiPadwa #navratri #NewYear. This little devi picture that I am holding mother gave me when I left home, lost a lot but this stayed with me, I believe she looked after me, Navratris if you don’t know what to do, worship your mother and take her blessings.”

On the work front, Kangana is preparing for her upcoming film “Tejas”, directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara.

Meanwhile, the release of Kangana’s upcoming film “Thalaivi” has been postponed amid the second wave of Covid in India. The film, which has the actress playing late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, was slated to release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages on April 23. A new release date is yet to be announced.

source: The Statesman

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Salman Khan unveils cover of Kabir Bedi’s memoir

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Actor Kabir Bedi launched the book cover of his forthcoming memoir “Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An Actor”. The cover was digitally launched by actor Salman Khan on Facebook on Wednesday.

In his interaction with Salman, Bedi narrated a series of fascinating anecdotes that he has penned in the book.

Wishing luck to Kabir Bedi for the book, Salman said: “Your personality as a star and human being is pure, so whatever comes out from this book would be straight from your heart and soul. It is going to be a beautiful read and I wish that a lot of people will learn from your experiences shared.”

Bedi said at the event: “It is indeed a special moment for me to have GQ and Salman Khan unveil the cover of my book. GQ represents the best style. And Salman is a person who has a heart of gold and one who has been a good friend to me. My book is the story of a middle class boy from Delhi who becomes an international star. It’s also about the successes I’ve seen, the emotional traumas I’ve suffered, how I survived the worst of them, and found fulfilment in the end.”

“Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An Actor” is about the highs and lows of Kabir Bedi’s professional and personal life, his tumultuous relationships, including marriage and divorce, why his beliefs have changed, his wrenching setbacks, his exciting days in India, Europe, and Hollywood, and how he made India proud.

The book is scheduled to be published with Westland Publications on April 19.

source: The Statesman

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