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Arpita Khan, Mickey Contractor join Priyanka-Nick wedding revelry



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Jodhpur, Dec 1: The majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace here is buzzing with guests who have flown in from different parts of India and abroad to attend the revelry of actress Priyanka Chopra and her American singer beau Nick Jonas, who will wed on December 2.

The palace, which is divided into three wings — a hotel, a musuem and the royal residence — is almost like a fortress with private security guarding the venue carefully. But a steady stream of guests have been arriving at the airport.

Priyanka’s friend and actor Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan Sharma arrived here on Friday with her son Ahil.

Others who came in included designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, “Dostana” director Tarun Mansukhani, celebrity make-up artiste Mickey Contractor, singer-actress Manasi Scott as well as Nick’s youngest brother Franklin Jonas.

Chand Mishra, who landed here, told the media: “Priyanka is a star, and she is making history. She is marrying an international star… And while a lot of Bollywood stars are marrying at international destinations, but Priyanka has come from Hollywood to India, and in Jodhpur’s palace… It will be remembered.”

Make-up artiste Mickey Contractor, who is likely to get the bride ready for her D-Day, was asked if he would be taking care of her make-up. He said: “Dekhiye.. (See), then you will know. I am excited… because Priyanka is my friend and she’s getting married.”

A group of foreigners, who are here on behalf of Nick, clapped and danced away with joy as the photographers hooted “Priyanka, Nick; Priyanka, Nick”.

Priyanka and Nick, who are 10 years apart, arrived in Jodhpur early on Thursday.

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The ‘desi girl’, who won the Miss World crown for India in 2000 and has paved the way for a successful career in Bollywood and then made the crossover to Hollywood, was all smiles as she walked beside Nick.

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Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, and actress-cousin Parineeti Chopra were also seen at the airport along with Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and Joe’s fiance and “Games of Thrones” star Sophie Turner.

According to Vogue magazine, which carried a detailed interview of the couple, they will have two ceremonies — a traditional Indian wedding and a Christian service officiated by Nick’s father — each held in different spots at the palace.

The ceremony and festivities, spread across three days, is a private affair with only the family and some close friends. The palace is shut for tourists.

“People will need vacations after this wedding,” Priyanka told Vogue.



“Period. End of Sentence” lands Oscar nomination




Los Angeles, Jan 22 “Period. End of Sentence”, an India set film on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real ‘Pad Man’, has made it to the Oscar nomination, it was announced here on Tuesday.

The film has made it to the top five nominees of the Documentary Short Subject category. Other nominees include “Black Sheep”, “End Game”, “Lifeboat” and “A Night At The Garden”.

“Period…” is executive produced by Guneet Monga and is co-produced by Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like “The Lunchbox” and “Masaan”.

Ecstatic about making the cut, Monga told IANS over phone: “We made it… It is beyond everything we thought.”

The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganathan.

Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.

The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.

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People still get moved by Anuradha Paudwal’s performances, says son Aditya




New Delhi, Jan 22 : It has been a while since singer Anuradha Paudwal lent her voice to Bollywood films. But her son Aditya Paudwal, a music arranger and producer, says the singer, who now focuses more on devotional music, is still able to move people through her performances.

Anuradha has given many hit Bollywood songs like “Dil hai ke manta nahin”, “Jaane jigar jaaneman” and “Mujhe neend na aaye”.

Asked if he misses her singing Bollywood songs, Aditya told IANS in an email interview: “She has made a mark in devotional music. People still get moved by her performances. I have seen people’s lives changing after listening to her devotional ‘aartis’ and ‘mantras’.

“I would like to come up with a composition for my mother,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aditya is currently associated with “Thackeray”. He is the song arranger and producer of “Saheb tu” from the film which is based on the life of Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray.

“When I was working with (composers) Rohan-Rohan on a Marathi film’s score, they had mentioned to me about this song which they wanted on a epic scale with symphonic kind of an arrangement. This song basically shows the journey of Balasaheb Thackeray,” he said.

“This is the first time that a 72-piece orchestra has recorded in one go in a studio,” he added.

On why the song has an European feel, Aditya shared: “The film is set in the 1950s to the 1960s.”

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Madhavan’s painfully long transformation for ‘Rocketry…’




Mumbai, Jan 22 : Actor R. Madhavan says getting the look of scientist and aerospace engineer S. Nambi Narayanan for “Rocketry – The Nambi Effect” was a “painfully long” process.

“The process took painfully long…about 2 days of sitting on a chair for 14 hours at a stretch,” Madhavan said in a statement.

“Initially it looked easy but later I realised how tough it was on the body,” he added.

The actor says getting the look right is “definitely half the battle won”.

“But the other half was really really tough because the age group I’m playing is around 70-75. Mr. Nambi is a very good-looking man and he has got his own charm and charisma so it took me around two-and-a-half years to actually imbibe him and learn how to walk like him.It wasn’t easy and it’s probably one of the toughest looks and characters I’ve had to pull off”.

The film is based on the life of the scientist. As a senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Narayanan was in-charge of the cryogenics division. In 1994, he was charged with espionage and arrested. The charges against him were dismissed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1996 and the Supreme Court declared him not guilty in 1998.

Madhavan has got the look right, and the actor says the biggest encouragement came from Narayanan himself.

“Nambi sir couldn’t stop laughing and getting amused by my look. There are so many pictures on the set that it looks almost eeriely how similar we both look.”

The film is slated for a release later this year.

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