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Washington [US], March 19 (ANI): A new promo of international star Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ upcoming interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, which is all set to air tomorrow, dropped on Friday.
Following the preview of the exciting guest list in Winfrey’s all-new ‘Super Soul’ series, discovery+, which is an entertainment streaming app, dropped the exclusive promo of intimate conversation between Winfrey and Priyanka. In the highly anticipated sit-down, she will be seen talking about her personal life and growing up as a child in India.
Answering Oprah about finding her voice during the COVID-19 pandemic by deciding to write a memoir at a very young age, and whether it was all that COVID time that led her to do so, Priyanka said, “I have to say a little bit of it had to do with that, but I had committed to writing the book in 2018, and in between all those flights and the little time I would get in all the hotel rooms that I would live I could just never write. But I had this time because of COVID and that helped me really delve deep.”
“And honestly, I also feel like I, as a woman in a little bit more of a secure place, where I felt like I could leave behind the insecurities of my twenties and not worry about the things that used to scare me before, as much. I have a little but more confidence in myself, in what I bring to the table professionally, personally. So, I think that really helped me address my life and I just always wanted to write a book. And I thought the easiest way to do it would be to write about my life,” explained Priyanka, who at the end chuckled by adding, “it was not”.
They then spoke about Priyanka’s fairytale love story with her husband Nick Jonas. Oprah mentioned that in her book it says that Priyanka thinks her mom “dreamed him up”.
To this Priyanka echoed Oprah’s words, that she was definitely “swept-ed” off her feet and added on by saying that, “I may have judged the book by the cover. I did not honestly take it very seriously when he was texting me. I was 35. I was, like, I want to get married. I want to have kids. He is, you know, in his 20s. I do not know that is something he would want to do. Like I did that to myself for a while. Till I actually went out with him. And nothing surprised me more than him.”
Praising her hubby, she continued, “He is such a self-assured man. So sensible. So excited about my achievements. My dreams. You know, such a true partnership that he offers me in — in everything that we do together. That I truly believe that my mom manifested him.”
The conversation then shifted towards Priyanka’s homeland, India. Oprah discussed with the actor that reading her book made her reflect on her own trips to India and said that “One of the things that was so powerful is the spiritual energy there. The sense of connectedness between people and prayer”
Adding that “it is all so present”, she asked Priyanka whether she had a spiritual foundation growing up. To this Priyanka replied, “I think in India it’s hard not to, you’re right – with the swirling number of religions that we have that live within the country as well. I grew up in a convent school – when I went to school I was aware of Christianity, my dad used to sing in a mosque, (so) I was aware of Islam, I grew up in a Hindu family I was aware of that. So, spirituality is such a large part of India that you can’t ignore it.”
On her family life, she said, “Also my family really believed in having a higher power and having a sense of faith. This is again something my dad used to tell me, he was like basically religion is all a way to get to a supreme power and every religion has a different face to the same direction where we’re going – whatever your face is, whatever your version of that is, its just a means to an end. And so, I am a Hindu and I pray, I have a temple in my home, I do it as often as I can. But at the same time to me I am truly more spiritual I feel – I am a believer of the fact that a higher power does exist and I like to have faith in that.”
Speaking about missing her home, India, Priyanka said, “I just miss India. I have not been back since Holi last year and, you know, India’s my home and I just want to come back visit and smell it and live it and meet my friends and I also want to, you know, do a Hindi movie.”
“I have not done that for a while. So, I just miss home a lot. I just want to be able to get on a flight and land in Mumbai,” she concluded.
In what seemed to be like an idyllic interview setting in Maui, this candid conversation was actually a transatlantic interview with Priyanka in London and Oprah in Hawaii. This intimate dialogue was made possible through cutting-edge technology, which will give audiences a deeper look into the life of India’s beloved international superstar.
‘Super Soul’ is based on OWN’s three-time Emmy Award-winning television series ‘Super Soul Sunday’. The critically acclaimed series delivering, timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening, and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.
The series features conversations between Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. (ANI)

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‘THE CROWN’ TAKES THE THRONE AT EMMYS 2021

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LOS ANGELES: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won big at the Emmys 2021. This show which follows Queen Elizabeth’s life throughout the decades of her reign was declared winner of the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It also bagged awards for best actors (drama) and best actors in supporting roles. The show also took home the best writing and directing award.

On such a remarkable win, the team of Netflix took to the streaming giant’s official Twitter handle to congratulate the members of the show. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for their 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor https,” the tweet read. Apart from ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ also registered a golden win at Emmys 2021. It racked up four wins, including for best comedy and star Jason Sudeikis. Emmys moved to an indoor-outdoor venue this year due to the pandemic. It was held on Sunday at the Event Deck at LA Live.

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On Monday, Taapsee shared the poster of the film along with the release date. The poster gives viewers a quick glimpse of the adrenaline-packed narrative, while Taapsee looks full of grit and determination. Along with it, she penned the caption, “Ye chunautiyon bhari race shuru ho chuki hai aur ab ravan dahan pe hi aake rukegi. Bahot kuch nasht karna hai Rashmi ko iss saal.” “Get ready to run with Rashmi in this race on and off the track. She will need you in this one. #RashmiRocket ready to take off on 15th October 2021 only on @zee5,” Taapsee added.

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