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PM Narendra Modi attends Priyanka-Nick’s Delhi reception

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New Delhi, Dec 5 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a crowd in congratulating newly-married couple actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas at their reception here on Tuesday.

Modi arrived here amid tight security to be part of the special day of the actress, who first made India proud by winning the Miss World crown in 2000, and then became a leading Bollywood actress, followed by a rare successful crossover into Hollywood.

The PM, who was escorted on stage by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, gifted the newly weds a rose each and shared some moments of laughter. He was dressed in a white kurta-pyjama with a black Nehru jacket. He remained on stage for about 10 minutes, meeting Nick and Priyanka’s families with folded hands and exchanging pleasantries.

Priyanka introduced her brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his to-be-wife, “Game Of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner — dressed in a beige lehenga — to Modi, saying: “Inki bhi shaadi hone waali hai (They are also going to get married).”

The couple of the night posed with panache, but also engaged in banter throughout the party even as guests queued up to meet them one after another.

Bollywood’s “desi girl” was all smiles. “On a scale of 1 to 10 in happiness, I’m 12,” she told IANS here, while Nick said: “I’m a fan of Indian weddings.”

Priyanka dazzled in an elegant shimmering Falguni and Shane Peacock ensemble with a multi-layered diamond necklace and earrings, with her hair neatly tied in a bun complete with white roses. She flaunted the “choora” — traditional red bangles worn by a Punjabi bride — and sported vermillion. Nick was dressed in a velvet dinner jacket and completed the look with a bow tie.

The venue, the Durbar Hall at the Taj Palace Hotel, was done up elegantly with exotic white and soft pink flowers. The “NP” icon, which has remained a staple throughout the couple’s wedding, stood out on the elaborate stage.

Candles flickered away at different spots of the venue which was enlivened by the sound of live music and a free flow of cocktails and a wide variety of food.

There was also an element of quirk with a vintage car which read “Just Married”.

Guests, which mostly included Priyanka’s family members, also saw designers like Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Anju Modi, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, along with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi, in attendance. Key mediapersons were also invited.

Kumar was touched by Priyanka’s invitation.

“I remember Priyanka had come to me first before she was going for the Miss World pageant, and I had told her to wear a lot of ethnic wear. She wore some of my designs. I am very happy for her. She has come a long way,” Kumar told IANS.

The gala evening was preceded by a three-day extravaganza in Jodhpur’s majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, where Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 26, exchanged wedding vows as per Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.

Their pre-wedding rituals at the celebrations, which saw participation from just a little over 200 guests, included a “mehendi” ceremony. There was also a friendly cricket match between the two families, as well as a glitzy and power-packed musical evening.

Of her wedding, Priyanka, a National Award-winning actress who has made her name in Hollywood as the lead star in American show “Quantico”, told people.com of her wedding: “I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up.

“We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

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‘Rangeela Raja’ passed with three cuts by FCAT

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Mumbai, Dec 13 : The battle of words with the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has ended for Pahlaj Nihalani. His film “Rangeela Raja”, which had been ordered 20 cuts by the Examining Committee, has now been passed with only three cuts by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), also known as the Tribunal.

But according to Nihalani, even those cuts are unjustified.

“They have objection on my using names from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. Do they think they own these scriptures? The holy books belong to all of us. And we know how to respect them.

“They also feel I was disrespecting women in the film. I’ve never done that in my 40 years as a filmmaker. In our family, women run the show,” Nihalani said.

He feels the CBFC has practised a vendetta policy against him.

“Since I was the CBFC chairperson and I am no longer there, they decided to teach me a lesson. The 20 cuts that they originally ordered were all unwarranted, unjustified and grossly unfair.

“If I was the CBFC chairperson, I wouldn’t have ordered a single cut in my film. But then I don’t know where my successor is. I’ve never met him during my attempts to get my film out of the CBFC’s clutches,” he said, referring to current censor board chief Prasoon Joshi.

Now that the Govinda-starrer has been cleared, Nihalani will release it on January 11.

“I can’t release it in December with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ or Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba’. Who will pay for the heavy losses I’ve suffered because of the delay?”

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Politicians and Bollywood Celebs attend Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal’s Wedding

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Mumbai, Dec 13: After the extravagant pre-wedding bash in Udaipur, “Isha Ambani” – daughter of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani tied the knot with Anand Piramal at the Ambani residence Antilia in Mumbai on December 12.

The venue was lavishly decorated as Isha’s brothers Anant and Akash, father Mukesh and uncle Anil welcomed the baaraat.

Shloka Mehta, fiance of Akash Ambani, and Anant Ambani’s girlfriend Radhika Merchant were also part of the welcoming party.

Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended the “royal wedding” for the scions of two top business conglomerates – Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal -on Wednesday.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride’s uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt.

P Chidambaram also arrived at the Ambani residence for the wedding.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu were also seen at Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding.

Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira Rajput, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty , Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sonam Kapoor with father Anil Kapoor and many more.

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Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Adi Godej, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding.

The grand wedding festivities had started several days earlier in Udaipur, Rajasthan which witnessed a performance by Grammy award-winning singer Beyonce Knowles, a four-day special ‘Anna Seva’ and an expo on traditional Indian handicrafts, besides other events for the guests that included many of the biggest names from politics, business and Bollywood.

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Web shows are more experimental: Purab

Directed by Danish Aslam, the second edition of Voot Original web series “It’s Not That Simple” also features Swara Bhasker and Sumeet Vyas.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : Actor Purab Kohli will soon be seen in the second season of web series “Its Not That Simple”. He says content and costing wise, web shows are more experimental than movies but he loves doing both.

“The good thing about web series is that it is the current trend. Many people like to watch it. It keeps you engaged for a longer period of time. You follow stories, it can be more fleshed out and told extensively,” Purab told IANS in an email interview.

“Web shows are more experimental in their content and costing wise. On the other hand, I love doing films. Both of them are very engaging,” he added.

Directed by Danish Aslam, the second edition of Voot Original web series “It’s Not That Simple” also features Swara Bhasker and Sumeet Vyas.

Swara plays Meera – confident, ambitious and a strong woman who becomes the mouthpiece of a modern woman who compels you to ask – Does the sex matter?

“The main pointers for me were that Meera’s character is moving forward so that straight away makes for a good second season and the show is moving in a direction. The character is growing and expanding itself. I mean finding more ground to head on so that itself is exciting,” said Purab.

“For me, the character Angad was very interesting. He is blatant, straightforward and at the same time very honest and he comes across as someone who you don’t like in the beginning but once you see how honest and straightforward he is of what he wants and what he says, I think. It’s quite refreshing to see someone like that,” added the “Rock On!!” actor.

On the show’s second season, he shared: “I think the first season dealt with breaking away and now the second season is where she (Meera) is finding new ground, she’s discovering new ground and finding a new self. Finding herself out of her marriage and traditional definitions of Meera, she is now trying to find new Meera.

“That Meera wants to achieve and be loved. I think that is the aspect people should look out for and of course, the introduction of mainly two known male characters played by Sumeet and me. Both are very interesting characters.”

Purab had also starred in the American science fiction drama web series “Sense8”.

Talking about the difference between shooting for an Indian web show and an American one, he pointed out: “Foreign productions function differently than Indian productions. The training is different. Outplay of the role is different, also the budgets are massively different so, it’s not fair to even compare.”

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