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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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Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer ‘Anek’ to release on Sep 17

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Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted on Monday that his film Anek will release on September 17. The film marks his return with director Anubhav Sinha after the 2019 release, Article 15.

“Naam #ANEK, lekin release date ek! Milte hai aapse 17th September 2021 ko!” Ayushmann wrote on Twitter.

The film is currently on the floors in Assam. Ayushmann’s slit eyebrow in the first look of the film has grabbed eyeballs.

Talking about his character in the film and sporting a distinct look, Ayushmann recently said: “I have been fortunate to collaborate with filmmakers who encourage me to add my creative inputs to their vision of storytelling. The eyebrow slit I am sporting in Anek was an idea I discussed with Anubhav sir. It was about creating a distinct look that the audience has never seen me in, and I am glad that people have noticed and are discussing it.”

Anek is being produced by Bhushan Kumar and Anubhav Sinha.

source: The Statesman

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It’s A Boy: Kareena Kapoor And Saif Ali Khan Welcome Baby Son

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New Delhi: Actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan welcomed a baby boy on Sunday. Both the baby and the actress are “safe and healthy,” Saif, 50, said in a statement, reported news agency PTI. “We have been blessed with a baby boy. Mom and baby are safe and healthy. Thank you to our well-wishers for their love and support,” the Tandav actor said in a statement. Kareena was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital early Sunday morning and her baby was born around 9 am, her father, veteran actor Randhir Kapoor, told PTI. “She has delivered a baby boy in the morning around 9 am,” he told PTI.  Kareena Kapoor’s sister Karisma expressed her happiness of becoming a maasi again on social media by sharing a throwback photo and a note that read: “That’s my sis when she was a newborn and now she’s a mama once again! And I’m a maasi again, so excited. #goodwishes #congratulations #onlylove.”

The new parents received congratulatory messages on social media from many celebs like actresses Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Neetu Kapoor, Amrita Arora and designer Manish Malhotra.

Amrita Arora, who is Kareena Kapoor’s BFF, wrote: “Congratulations, my love Kareena and Saifu.” Neetu Kapoor, who is Kareena’s aunt, wished the couple like this: “Congratulations, Kareena and Saif. One more addition to the cuties.” Neha Dhupia wrote: “Congratulations, Kareena, Saif and little Taimur…best news ever.” Dia Mirza’s caption read: “Congratulations, Kareena Kapoor, Saif and Taimur!”

source: NDTV

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Ranveer Singh-starrer ’83’ to hit theatres on June 4

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The much-awaited cricket drama ’83’, starring Ranveer Singh, will hit theatres on June 4. Ranveer, who will essay the role of cricketer Kapil Dev in the film, shared a poster of the film on Instagram on Friday and made the announcement.

He captioned the poster as, “June 4th 2021!!! In Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam. #thisis83.”

The film is based on India’s historic 1983 cricket World Cup win, led by Kapil Dev. ’83’ will be released in four languages across India on the big screen.

The Kabir Khan directorial also stars Deepika Padukone, Saqib Saleem and Jatin Sarna, among others.

source: The Statesman

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