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Priyanka Chopra gets up-close, personal in upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey

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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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RAHMAN DEDICATES LAGAAN’S ‘CHALE CHALO’ TO DHONI

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MUMBAI: Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has dedicated ‘Chale Chalo’ from the movie Lagaan to CSK skipper M.S. Dhoni as it motivates the team to play together. Rahman also dedicated the song ‘Mangta Hai Kya’ from the movie Rangeela to CSK all-rounder Suresh Raina.

Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Live, Rahman said, “I would like to dedicate the song ‘Chale Chalo’ from the movie Lagaan to M.S. Dhoni, as it motivates people to play cricket together. And for Suresh Raina, I would like to dedicate the song ‘Mangta Hai Kya’, because whenever I went to Bangalore, they were listening to songs from Rangeela.”

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn has joined hands with Siddharth Roy Kapur, and announced his upcoming comedy-drama ‘GOBAR!’ on Friday.

The ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ star took to Twitter and shared a picture featuring him, Siddharth and filmmaker Sabal Shekhawat as he announced the team of his upcoming venture. With a common endeavour to create quality entertainment, the two stalwarts have announced this exciting new collaboration. The forthcoming film will be directed by renowned ad filmmaker Sabal Shekhawat and is written by Sabal Shekhawat and Sambhit Mishra.

He wrote, “Joining forces with @roykapurfilms to bring you an aMOOsing story from the heartland of India – GOBAR! #SiddharthRoyKapur #SabalShekhawat #SambitMishra @Meena_Iyer@KumarMangat@malvika25.”

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Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur shares, “GOBAR! is a story that chronicles the seemingly pointless but ultimately heroic journey of a simple citizen who deals with corruption in a way that will bring on many laughs, much adventure, and ultimately a simple message about the power of the common man.

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WASHINGTON [US]: American stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez may have broken up, but her possession of the engagement ring may prove to be a binding source between them. While as per the traditions, when a couple breaks up before hitting the alter, the person who proposes gets the ring back. But this is not the case with J Lo and Ro and the ‘Second Act’ actor has not returned her USD 1 million ring back to his ex-fiance yet. Sources told TMZ that “J Lo still has the ring in her possession” and there has been no discussion between both the stars over the fate of the ring.

However, sources added that the former couple exchanged “massive amounts of jewellery” during their 2 years of engagement. “A-Rod bedazzled J Lo with all sorts of bling, and she fortified his watch collection. So, they could just call it a wash, but they haven’t decided yet.”

TMZ also reported that the ring is not in the Dominican Republic even. “She didn’t want it lying around every day while she films … for security reasons,” the source explained.

The American singer Jennifer Lopez and New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez had confirmed their split on Thursday. The two issued a joint statement that read, “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared projects.”

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KANGANA RANAUT PAYS TRIBUTE TO COMEDY LEGEND CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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NEW DELHI: On the 132nd birth anniversary of comedy legend Charlie Chaplin, Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut commemorated the occasion by paying a tribute to the late artist on her social media.

The ‘Queen’ actor took to her Twitter handle on Friday and marked Chaplin’s birth anniversary by sharing a few black and white pictures of him, describing the comic as one of the most dynamic artists ever. Kangana tweeted, “Today is the birth anniversary of the greatest most dynamic multifaceted artist, an actor/comedian, an extraordinary storyteller/director a super successful film producer, highly skilled editor and par excellence screen writer n composer, Happy birthday Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin.”

Actor Ranvir Shorey responded to Kangana’s tweet with his own tribute, and called Chaplin the “greatest”. He tweeted, “The greatest. Happy Birthday!”

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was an English comedian, actor, and filmmaker, who managed to achieve tons of affection and praises in 75 years of his career. He was born in London in 1889 and is still known worldwide for his signature style of silent comedy. Chaplin is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant comics, as well as acting figures in the history of the cinema.

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Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former PM Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama.

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra starrer biographical sports film based on life of badminton champion Saina Nehwal ‘Saina’ is set to premiere on April 23 on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video took to Instagram on Friday and announced the digital premiere of the recently released Bollywood sports biopic, ‘Saina’.

With Parineeti Chopra as the lead, the film follows the career highs and lows of Saina Nehwal, one of India’s ace shuttlers and one of the most celebrated badminton players in the country. The biopic highlights the people who have been an integral part of Sania’s professional journey and contributed to building her resilience and unbreakable spirit.

The ‘Ishqzaade’ star shared how she feels about the film’s digital release. She said, “I am extremely thrilled with the film having a global digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video, bringing such an inspirational story to audiences across the world. With this film, I have learnt that a biographical film comes with many challenges; my biggest challenge as an actor was to get into Saina Nehwal’s shoes and recreate her accomplishments and hardships”

“As an actor, I embraced each challenge, and I do think that I learnt a lot as a professional. I worked on the physical appearance and the right body language, and I am glad it worked out in my favour. I had a great time working on this film,” she added .

Producer Bhushan Kumar said, “Saina is a story of a young girl who dared to dream and dared to achieve. Her story needs to be heard and seen and we are glad through the platform of Amazon Prime Video everyone can witness this journey of success.”

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NEW DELHI: If Bollywood sources are to be believed, actor Kartik Aaryan has been dropped from Dharma Productions’ Dostana 2. Sources say that the producers had to take this drastic decision because Kartik Aaryan has been acting difficult with the makers.

The film is already half shot and now it’s going to be a challenge for the makers to reshoot it with a new actor who fits the part. This means a huge monetary loss for Dharma Productions as they have to reshoot half a film all over again and also cover-up on the lost time. There were also rumours of Kartik and Janhvi Kapoor’s break, could have played a role in this huge professional debacle.

Kartik, who was excited to be a part of the project, had told news agency PTI: “The evolution is from one Dostana to the other. Dostana one that released in 2008 and the Dostana 2 that’s releasing in 2020, you will see that the representation is accurate, non-caricaturish and on point, talking about sexuality in a way that will not make you cringe while watching it. So therein lies the fact that in last 12 years, there has been a change in the way we depict gay characters. Even in Kapoor & Sons and the way it was depicted.”

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