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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London, Aamir Khan seen playing with kids without mask


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Aamir Khan plays cricket with children in Mumbai, actor Kishwer Merchantt criticises them for not wearing masks

Actor Aamir Khan stepped out in Mumbai on Thursday and was spotted playing cricket with some children. He was seen hitting fours and sixes but not everyone was impressed. When a popular paparazzi Instagram account shared a video of Aamir playing cricket in a field, a few, including actor Kishwer Merchantt, called him out for not wearing a mask.

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Happy birthday Yash: Did you know KGF star is the son of bus driver, hails from middle-class family?

Actor Yash enjoys a massive fan base among Kannada audiences and has already established himself as a star with a few hits to his credit. With the release of his last film KGF, which went on to become a pan-Indian hit, he expanded his market beyond Kannada industry and has cemented his position as the next bankable big star from the south.

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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London by visiting salon, police alerted: report

Priyanka Chopra visited a salon in London on Wednesday evening, seemingly violating the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. The UK is under a total lockdown, possibly until mid-February, to curb spiralling cases amid rising concerns surrounding a more infectious new variant of the virus.

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KGF Chapter 2 teaser: Yash faces off against intimidating Sanjay Dutt. Watch

The teaser for KGF: Chapter 2, which was originally slated to be released on Friday on the occasion of actor Yash’s birthday, was released on Thursday night, following a leak. The visuals of the teaser promise an action-packed second chapter in the franchise.

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Bigg Boss 14: Rahul Vaidya’s mother says Disha Parmar came home after his proposal, confirms marriage is on the cards

Singer Rahul Vaidya’s mother, Geeta Vaidya, has confirmed that his wedding is on the cards. She said that she has had discussions about marriage with his fiancee, actor Disha Parmar, and her family. The wedding date and other details will be confirmed once he is out of Bigg Boss 14.

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Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra pay tribute to ‘legendary’ Irrfan Khan on his birth anniversary, see their messages


Actors Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra were among the many Bollywood celebrities who remembered late actor Irrfan Khan on his birth anniversary on Thursday. Irrfan died in April 2020, after a two year battle with cancer.

On Instagram Stories, Anushka shared a picture of Irrfan and wrote, “A legendary figure of the industry. You will always be missed and your legacy will live on forever.” Priyanka shared a similar post, and wrote, “Remembering an incredible legacy. Irrfan.”

Earlier in the day, Irrfan’s son, Babil, shared a video of his father in his memory. He wrote in the caption, “You never identified with institutions such as contractual marriage and birthday celebrations. Perhaps, that is why I don’t remember anyone’s birthdays because you never remembered mine and never encouraged me to remember yours. It was just normal to us what seemed absurd from the outside, we celebrated everyday (bringing personal experiential authenticity to the cliche). On the occasion, Mamma would have to remind us both; but this time I could not forget yours if I tried. It’s your birthday Baba. Shoutout to all the technologically inept parents, notice that they did not finish saying that they miss me.”

Irrfan’s friend, actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, told The Times of India, “I felt he was all set to break into the big league when he was gone and it made me really sad. More than anything I’ll miss what he’d have done had he not been taken away. Irrfan Khan was more than an actor; he was a seeker.”

Also read: Irrfan Khan’s son Babil remembers actor on his birth anniversary, says he never believed in celebrating birthdays

Irrfan’s last release was Angrezi Medium, which released in March. His film, Song of the Scorpions will get a posthumous release soon.

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Priyanka Chopra flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules in London by visiting salon, police alerted: report


Priyanka Chopra visited a salon in London on Wednesday evening, seemingly violating the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. The UK is under a total lockdown, possibly until mid-February, to curb spiralling cases amid rising concerns surrounding a more infectious new variant of the virus. The regulations state that ‘personal care services’, including salons and spas, must close.

According to a report, Priyanka arrived at the salon with her mother, Dr Madhu Chopra, and pet dog Diana at around 4.55pm. Celebrity stylist Josh Wood was also present. The police were alerted of the breach and reached the salon to give a verbal reminder to the owner. No fine was imposed.

Metro.co.uk quoted a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police as saying, “Police were alerted at around 17:40hrs on Wednesday, 6 January to reports of a Covid breach taking place within a hairdressers on Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill. Officers attended and the owner of the salon was given a verbal reminder of the important need to comply with all regulations regarding Covid-19 and signposted to other sources of advice. No fixed penalty notices were issued.”

Priyanka is reportedly stranded in London with her husband, Nick Jonas. She was in the city to shoot for her upcoming film, Text For You. While filming was originally supposed to end later this month, the production team is trying to arrange for everyone to return to the US at the earliest.

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Last month, Nick shot for a cameo in Text For You, which features Priyanka and Sam Heughan in the lead roles. Celine Dion, Russell Tovey and Omid Djalili will also star in the film, a remake of the German film SMS Fur Dich.

Directed by Jim Strouse, Text For You is about a young woman, reeling from the death of her fiancé in a car accident, who continues to send romantic messages to his old phone number even after two years. When his number is reassigned, she develops a bond with the new owner.

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Priyanka Chopra picks her ‘3 amazing, complex characters’ in Bollywood: ‘Kashibai was one of the most endearing’


Continuing the celebration of her 20 years in showbiz, Priyanka Chopra has now shared the three most important film roles she played in her career. Priyanka shared a video on Instagram, reflecting back on her movies Bajirao Mastani, 7 Khoon Maaf and Barfi.

In the video, Priyanka included scenes from all three films and wrote a long note about how the films were important in her career. “#20in2020 In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve had the privilege to play some distinct, memorable characters crafted by the finest directors in the business. Today, I’m talking about 3 such amazing, complex characters I’ve played at different points in time, with depth, conflict and resilience & working with 3 phenomenal directors who I believe are an institution in themselves,” she wrote.

 

Talking about playing Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, she wrote, “Bold, loyal & fierce…Kashibai was one of the most endearing characters I’ve played. Thank you Sanjay sir and everyone on the team for bringing Kashi into my life. Her grace under fire is still so inspiring to me.”

About playing Sussana in Vishal Bharadwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, she wrote, “A dark comedy with a woman protagonist who is looking for true love and tries to find it 7 times, but in the end, is still lonely. Thank you Vishal Sir for giving me Susanna – complex, immersive, impulsive yet vulnerable.”

Also read: Remo D’Souza on how Salman Khan helped his family after he suffered a heart attack: ‘We call him an angel’

Finally, about playing Jhilmil in Anurag Basu’s Barfi she said, “To play Jhilmil, a girl with Autism was a serious responsibility. But under Anurag sirs tutelage, she turned out to be honest, raw and brought me so much joy.”

Earlier, Priyanka had shared posts on becoming Miss World, her first few movies in Bollywood and also her work as the Unicef ambassador. Priyanka was crowned Miss India runner up in 2000. She later won the Miss World crown and made her debut in the movies a couple of years later.

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Priyanka Chopra Rocks Festive Glasses While Bundled Up For Christmas Eve Stroll With Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra was feeling the Christmas spirit on December 24! The actress rocked a goofy pair of Christmas tree sunglasses while taking a snowy stroll with husband Nick Jonas.

Priyanka Chopra, 38, and Nick Jonas, 28, are making their second Christmas as a married couple merry and bright! The couple celebrated Christmas Eve by getting a breath of fresh air and taking a stroll around their picturesque London neighborhood. With snow on the ground and sunny skies, it was the perfect day to get in the holiday spirit.

Priyanka got ultra festive as they headed out to walk their adorable dog, Diana. She bundled up in a floor-length, impossibly puffy white jacket with a hood. It looked like a cloud! The cinched waist with a sash turned the parka into something chic, though. But the best part of her outfit? Those sunglasses! The Quantico star rocked a pair of silver glitter-covered round shades, topped with Christmas trees and little pompom ornaments.

Meanwhile, Nick kept it cool with an all-black outfit, including a toasty ski jacket. We’d really like to know where his sunglasses are at. Priyanka captioned the adorable December 24 photo “Christmas Spirit!” adding the “crying while laughing” and Christmas tree emojis. Nick commented on his wife’s post with a simple string of red heart emojis.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra smolder on the red carpet at the Chasing Happiness premiere, 6/3/19 (AP)

Nick and Priyanka are keeping things low-key this year for Christmas, as many families are also doing due to the pandemic. But they’re still turned their London home into a holiday paradise! Priyanka recently shared an adorable photo of herself and Nick cuddling on the couch in their cream-colored living room, with a giant Christmas tree in the background. The couple (and Diana!) were really feeling the love.

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Tisca Chopra: More female actors are becoming brave in their choices, realising they’re not sex toys anymore


There is a lot of talk in the past few years about how things are changing for female actors in Bollywood in terms of roles as well as pay structure. While Tisca Chopra agrees that things are shifting, she feels there’s still a long way to go.

“Certainly a shift is happening. Has it happened? I don’t think it has happened. It is going to happen. We are in the cusp of change. I am seeing a lot more actresses become braver in their choices of role and the choices of having babies. It is like life goes on, you (realize) you are not here as a sex toy anymore and I think that is the conversation that we need to have,” shares Chopra.

Sharing her thoughts about if Bollywood is ageist when it comes to female actors, she says, “I see male actors, too, get worried about effects of gravity.”

Chopra, who has directed and starred in a short film Rubaru, recently which is about an ageing female star, feels that as a society, we are “quite ageist over all.

 

“In the entertainment industry, you talk to women, we see women and they say woh toh aisa hi hota hain. We are guilty of it ourselves, we need to bring this topic out of the closet and give it a bit of air. We need to start talking about it, confront those issues and overcome it,” the actor explains.

The 47-year-old says while she did take her own experiences as a female actor for the short film, she says it is something that everyone deals with, not just her.

“Gravity kisi ki dost nahi hain. Each one of us has to go through it. There are younger people edging you out . It is everywhere. Everyone fears that and thinks about how one would continue to be relevant. That took me to a whole new direction to understand how we are consuming female actors in India. Are we using them only for their youth and sexuality, is that it? And that started a whole discussion in my head and the script emerged,” she concludes.



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Priyanka Chopra debuts White Tiger trailer, father-in-law says ‘proud of my daughter-in-law’


The White Tiger’s trailer came out on Monday, with a sharp commentary on India’s deep class divide. The Ramin Bahrani film starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao is based on Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize-winning book by the same name.

This is the second trailer of the Netflix film, after the first video dropped in October. A perceptive take on India’s class divide and one man’s fight to break out of the life of servitude, the film shows Priyanka and Rajkummar as a rich married couple, who return to India after living in the US for many years. Adarsh Gourav is their driver Balram Halwai, who has been conditioned for a life of servitude.

 

However, when he is forced to take blame for a crime he didn’t commit, he “uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and become an entrepreneur.”

The trailer received a lot of praise from audience. Priyanka’s father-in-law Paul Kevin Jonas, Sr. was among those who appreciated the trailer. “So excited to see this movie. Proud of my daughter-in-law,” he wrote. Priyanka’s husband, singer-actor Nick Jonas also shared his verdict on the trailer. Her Isn’t It Romantic co-stars Adam Devine and Rebel Wilson also shared their reactions. “Whoa. This looks great Pri!” Adam wrote while Wilson said, “This looks awesome!!”

Priyanka had earlier said about The White Tiger, “I’m so excited to work with Ramin Bahrani and Netflix to bring Aravind Adiga’s poignant story to cinematic life. When I read the book, I was fascinated with the perspective of the narrative. The story’s portrayal of raw ambition and the extent one will go to to achieve one’s goals is riveting. I look forward to filming this in India this fall, and also working along with Rajkummar for the first time and the wonderful cast Ramin is putting together.”



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Kangana Ranaut demands to know why Priyanka Chopra, Diljit Dosanjh aren’t questioned about their intentions


Kangana Ranaut has called the ongoing farmers’ protests ‘politically motivated’, and demanded to know why she has to prove her patriotism on a regular basis, and others like Priyanka Chopra and Diljit Dosanjh are never questioned about their intentions.

In a video shared on Instagram on Saturday, she said, “I had given everyone my word that I will speak about the farmers’ protests once the true motivations are revealed, just like the Shaheen Bagh protests. After the kind of mental and emotional lynching and rape threats I have faced online during these 10-12 days, it’s my right to ask some questions to this country. Since the Prime Minister has made everything clear, there is no scope for any doubts, it has been proven that this entire movement was politically motivated and even terrorists had started participating in it.”

 

She continued, “I have lived in Punjab… I know 99.9% people of Punjab do not want Khalistan. They don’t want a piece of this country, they belong to India. From Arunachal Pradesh to Maharashtra to Delhi, it’s all theirs. They don’t want a small portion, they all are patriots. I don’t have any complains with terrorists who want to break this country, I understand their feelings. But how do these innocent people let these terrorists play with them. Like the Shaheen Bagh dadi couldn’t read but was protesting to save her citizenship, the dadi from Punjab has been hurling abuses at me and trying to save her land from the government, what is happening in this country? Friends, how do we allow ourselves to be so vulnerable before these terrorists and foreign powers? I have a complaint against you. I have to talk about my intentions every day, a patriot has to clarify so many things. But people like Diljit Dosanjh and Priyanka Chopra, no one asks them about their intentions. What is their policy? When I talk in favour of this country, I am accused of doing politics. Ask them as well what is their policy. Jai Hind.”

Also read: Malaika Arora, Kareena Kapoor step out together in masks for friend’s birthday bash, see pics

Kangana recently had an ugly face-off with Diljit on Twitter over the farmers’ protest. Diljit had found support from the film industry. Everyone from Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha to Ammy Virk had endorsed the farmers’ right to protest.

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Kangana Ranaut targets Diljit Dosanjh, Priyanka Chopra again; asks ‘who will pay for’ losses incurred due to farmers’ protest


Kangana Ranaut attacked Diljit Dosanjh and Priyanka Chopra yet again, for expressing solidarity with the farmers protesting against the new farm bills. She claimed that the protest resulted in a cumulative loss of Rs 70,000 crore and reminded them of the ‘serious consequences’ of their support to the farmers.

“Cost of farmers protests so far 70,000 crores, because of dharna economic slowdown in neighbouring industries and small factories, might lead to riots, @diljitdosanjh and @priyankachopra you understand our actions have serious consequences please tell me who will pay for this?,” she asked on Twitter.

 

Earlier too, Kangana targeted Diljit and Priyanka, claiming that they were ‘misleading and encouraging’ farmers’ protests, but would be ‘hailed by the left media’ and given awards.

Kangana retweeted pictures of protesting farmers demanding the release of a few activists arrested for allegedly inciting violence and wrote, “Problem is not just them but each and every individual who supports them and opposes #FarmersBill_2020 they are all aware how important this bill is for farmers still they provoke innocent farmers to incite violence, hatred and Bharat Band for their petty gains.”

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“People like @diljitdosanjh and @priyankachopra will be hailed by the left media for misleading and encouraging farmers protests, pro Islamists and anti India film industry and brands will flood them with offers and English/living in colonial hangover media houses will felicitate them with awards, the problem is whole system is designed to make anti nationals flourish and grow and we are too less in numbers against a corrupt system, but I am sure magic will happen in every fight of GOOD versus EVIL, evil has been much stronger, JAI SHRI RAM,” she added.

Diljit joined the farmers’ agitation at the Delhi border earlier this month and reportedly donated Rs 1 crore to buy warm clothes for the protestors. Priyanka, meanwhile, extended her support to them on Twitter and wrote, “Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later.”

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Priyanka Chopra shares a candid picture from Text For You set in London, trailer of Richa Chadha starrer Shakeela released


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Priyanka Chopra is a natural beauty in new picture from Text For You set. See it here

Actor Priyanka Chopra has shared a behind-the-scenes picture from the sets of her new film, Text For You, co-starring Sam Heughan and Celine Dion.

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Shakeela trailer: Richa Chadha give an honest account into the making of an adult star. Watch

The trailer of Shakeela chronicles the rags-to-riches story of a young girl, played by Richa Chadha, who becomes an adult star. It is based on the life of South Indian actor, Shakeela. Watch.

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Wonder Woman 1984 opening scene released online, watch Gal Gadot in action

Warner Bros and HBO Max have released the opening scene of the upcoming superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 online, ahead of its release next week. Watch it here.

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Sona Mohapatra asked if her tweet against Utsav Chakraborty was part of MeToo campaign or an opinion, see her reply

A Twitter user asked Sona Mohapatra if she had been running a MeToo campaign against comedian Utsav Chakraborty or if her old tweet was only an opinion. Not only did she slam the person, she explained her stand as well.

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Enraged Tom Cruise threatens to fire Mission Impossible 7 crew in leaked audio tirade, listen here

Tom Cruise lost his cool on the set of Mission Impossible 7 and threatened to fire crew members for not following Covid-19 protocols. The tirade was caught on audio, and has been leaked online.

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