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Anil Raina (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 23, 2013)
Priyanka Chopra made a quiet trip to Vaishno Devi temple on foot on Tuesday night. According to a source, she was accompanied by her mother, her manager and one of her friends and the visit was to pay gratitude to the Goddess for the speedy recovery of her father. She attended the early morning aarti at the temple on Wednesday.
An eyewitness told Mirror: “Priyanka reached Katra on a chopper late in the night and from there she walked till the Vaishno Devi Mandir. She participated in the aarti the next morning and took the chopper back from Katra.”
Priyanka’s father had taken ill, and came home after spending quite some time at the hospital only a few months back.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 21, 2013)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known as a filmmaker who likes to keep his cards close to his chest. Except, when he actually wants the world to know his ‘secrets.’ As was happening during the shoot of Ram Leela, when the impenetrable fortress that is his set, became strangely porous. And word of Ranveer’s romantic exploits began trickling out with frightening frequency. But things are going to be very different with his next production, Mary Kom, directed by Omung Kumar.
After a prosthetic expert in Los Angeles let the world know how Priyanka Chopra would be made to resemble the champion boxer, the set for the film is being blanketed under extra-tight security. Mirror has learnt that the producer has had his entire crew sign an NDA clause after the incident, other than the mandatory ban on mobile phones. Both Omung Kumar and PeeCee, who has just started training for the film, can rest easy. All their secrets are now safe with Bhansali… until of course he wants to share some with the rest of us.
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 21, 2013)
For a while now, Priyanka Chopra has lent her name to the cause of environmental conservation. A while back, the actress adopted a tigress called Durga and a lioness called Sundari from Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Zoo.
The big cat Sundari, for whom PC had earlier paid Rs 2 lakh, recently delivered a female cub. The actress has now adopted this cub as well.
A source says, “She has been an animal lover for ages and wanted to do her bit to protect the endangered species.” Those close to the actress also say that recently she extended her support for an organisation that works for the protection of rhesus monkeys. She is also said to be providing some financial aid to the group to help carry on their work.
MID-DAY (May 20, 2013)
If we didn’t know enough about how Badmaash Babli is (Priyanka Chopra’s first-ever item number), imagine having to study about her in school books.
The Bollywood actress has found place in the text books of scholars in the Springdales School’s curriculum. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and has branches in India and abroad.
Thanks to her army background, students will now read about PC in the chapter titled Roving Families: Shifting Homes in their EVS books.
While in more recent times Bollywood actors have replaced the traditional role models for children of sportspersons and heads of states, an entire chapter dedicated to Priyanka is definitely a first.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 15, 2013)
Priyanka Chopra recently took American TV’s cult hero John Hamm aka Don Draper to dinner with a few close friends to a popular suburban lounge.
Priyanka and her gang of girls took Hamm, protagonist of the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning series Mad Men to dinner. Of course, the affair was kept low-key, but PC has been inundated with phone calls from her actress friends who have been calling her non-stop over the weekend, to meet with the dapper hunk.
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 15, 2013)
The last day’s shooting for Zanjeer 2.0 on Monday (13 May) was also the final day of Sanjay Dutt’s shooting before he goes into prison. Understandably it was a very emotional moment, laden with much talk of assumed bravado, false optimism and genuine nostalgia.
Says an eyewitness from the set. “The final shots of Zanjeer were taken at the Chandivali Studio in suburban Andheri. Look at Sanjay Dutt’s spirit! He drove all the way from his residence in Pali Hill to the studio which is a good two-hour drive, leaving behind his wife and kids with whom he wants to spend the final days of freedom. But since everyone else had flown in for the final shot from different cities Sanjay had to be there.”
For that final day of shooting Priyanka Chopra had flown in from Goa, Ram Charan Teja from Norway and Srihari, who plays Sanju’s role in the Telugu version of Zanjeer, came in from Hyderabad. The atmosphere on the set was ‘emotionally charged’ but controlled.”
Says the eyewitness, “Everyone kept the spirit light. We all felt the weight of what we were doing. I mean, sh*t man! This was Sanjay Dutt’s final shot for the next three years. I don’t know how we all kept laughing and joking. Gifts were exchanged and everyone tried to keep calm. But everyone was disturbed. Many times we saw tears welling up in Sanjay’s eyes. It was very sad moment.”
Apparently Sanjay left the shooting with a smile asking everyone to pray for him.
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 14, 2013)
In her quest to make the boxing ring sequences authentic for her upcoming biopic on Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra needs a punching bag at her disposal to get her job — as well as the jabs — right.
The actress, who is essaying the role of the Olympic champ in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production directed by Omung Kumar, has been training for a while now. PC however apparently wants the punching bag to be in a location convenient for her — near her home at Raj Classic at Versova.
However the star is said to be in no mood to allow it be installed at her home or even her parents’ flat who live in the same building — she would prefer it in the complex’s premises elsewhere.
She might perhaps be worried about the hook — that is needed to hang the bag — might harm the interiors of her swanky home.
Says a source from the building where she resides, “She owns quite a few flats in the building. It appears that she does not want to tamper with the ceiling in any of her homes in the building. Adds the source, “As she is busy with her commitments, her father Ashok Chopra has been coordinating with the society folks to install it on the ground floor of the premises.” Considering her star status, the society apparently has allowed her to install the bag in a common area, which is not too public. Incidentally, a lot of Bollywood folk reside in the complex which includes PC’s alleged ex Shahid Kapoor and his father Pankaj Kapoor.
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Priyanka Chopra approached for a film in which her ex-manager and ‘foe’ Prakash Jaju is the project designer
MID-DAY (May 11, 2013)
Nearly nine years ago, Priyanka Chopra and her then manager Prakash Jaju had a fall-out when she terminated his contract with her. Jaju then went on to make several allegations against her saying that how she was unprofessional and owed him Rs 67 lakh. Both Jaju and Chopra then filed a series of cases against each other. However, now if things fall into place then the duo will be seen working together in Firoz Nadiadwala’s Welcome Back which stars John Abraham in the lead.
A source says, “Jaju is the project designer for the film and the makers are currently in talks with Priyanka for the film. If she gives her nod, then she will end up working with Prakash. It would be interesting to see if PC actually takes on the offer.” Jaju maintains, “They can be in talks with Priyanka and if she accepts the film then I don’t have any issues working with her again.”
In 2004, Priyanka Chopra informed Prakash Jaju about his termination which did not go down well with him. He then claimed that according to their contract, he was supposed to serve a six months notice and that she owed him money. He also claimed that her father Ashok Chopra was behind all this as he wanted to manage her work and insulted him by sending out messages to each and everyone in the industry. Jaju also threatened to expose her by saying that how the actress used to talk More >
DNA (May 10, 2013)
Although Sanjay Dutt may feel that certain sections of the film industry have turned their back on him, the fact remains that his friends are staunchly loyal to him. So much so that the final shots of Zanjeer 2.0 are being changed to accommodate the actor. Says an insider from the project, “We are shooting an extra scene with Sanju sir. Earlier he was not meant to be seen in the closing shots. It was just Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka Chopra. But now we all feel since this would probably be Sanju sir’s last shot for the next few years, we want the audience to leave the theatre with a very strong impression of his character.”
A quip-like dialogue has been specially written for Sanju which he is expected to shoot on Thursday and Friday.
Says the source, “It’s old fashioned ending where Sanjay’s character Sher Khan would make a witty remark. This establishes his character’s supremacy in the script.”
As Indian Cinema completes 100 years, top women artistes tell us what it means to make a mark in a male-dominated industry
By Priyanka Chopra (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2013)
In the year of Nirbhaya and many more like her… the Indian woman stands at a very critical juncture… on one hand, she’s led the country with an iron hand like the late Mrs Indira Gandhi and on the other, she has been humiliated repeatedly.
Cinema today is a very powerful social medium. I believe there is a passionate relationship between celluloid, artists, technicians and the audience. And where there is passion, there must be a woman involved. As we celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema, it’s the perfect time to understand the role that women have played and continue to play in our cinema. I feel very privileged to be part of this industry during this milestone moment. In this year that will be etched in cinema history, will women write a new chapter? From Mother India to Rosie, Raat aur Din to Fashion and The Dirty Picture—from Marathi, Bengali, Malayali and every other cinema, we have women essay characters penned by the stalwarts in the business (Yes, credit here to the men writers too)
Honestly, I can talk best on Hindi cinema and the part it has played and when I take a moment to reflect—women have always been pivotal to cinema. For example… what good would Dilip Kumar’s love be, if he wasn’t pining for the hauntingly beautiful Madhubala? You would have never understood Amitabh Bachchan’s More >