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Wish to recreate Madhubala, Waheeda Rahman’s magic on-screen: Janhvi Kapoor

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Mumbai, July 12: All eyes are on Janhvi Kapoor — daughter of the iconic Sridevi whose demise earlier this year left a huge void in the Indian film industry — as she steps into Bollywood with her maiden film “Dhadak” on July 20.

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The young actress says she wishes to bring back the magic of magnetic talents like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman on the silver screen.

“I have watched Madhubalaji in films like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ and ‘Mr & Mrs 55’. I have seen the beautiful Waheedaji in ‘Guide’, ‘Pyaasa’, Meena Kumariji in ‘Pakeezah’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’. Watching them, I get fascinated and mesmerised.

“I so wish to (re)create the magic of these legends on-screen. Every time I watch these films, I get motivated and tell myself, ‘Mujhe yeh karna hai (I want to do this)’… This magic, this performance,” said the 21-year-old, whose eyes lit up during an interview with IANS.

Janhvi has been getting a lot of attention from the media and the audience for her much-anticipated debut in a Karan Johar production which is a remake of Marathi cinema’s highly acclaimed “Sairat”.

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She can already feel the pressures that comes along with celebrity status. But she is wading through it.

“I am trying to preserve a sense of my identity in all that because it is very easy to lose my head in this madness. I am getting so much attention, people are talking about me, my pictures are out there, I am talking so much about myself… I am reading about myself every day. It is easy for me to think that I am the most important person in the world.

“But then I am not letting that happen. I know it is happening all for the film and if I want people to talk about me, I have to deliver hit films. Otherwise, that will be wrong. I am trying hard to earn the right to grab the spotlight, I am trying to be a deserving person to talk about,” she said, sounding more mature than her age.

Janhvi was very close to her mother. She says even though she has never tried hard to adopt Sridevi’s style, there may be certain things she has inherited genetically.

“I am my mumma’s daughter, so I look like her; but I know I am different. There was that one montage shot where I am drinking milk in a scene. For a fraction of second, I thought that was mumma… I was like ‘Oh God, wasn’t it her? Actually, in that shot, I saw my side profile.”

What led her to feel that?

Jhanvi said: “I have one such image of mumma where she used to have juice in the early morning. So the moment I woke up and looked out for her around me, I would see her drinking juice from a side. So yes, that was one moment.”

“Dhadak”, directed by Shashank Khaitan, explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honour killings. The film is set in Rajasthan.

Born and brought up in an megalopolis like Mumbai, playing a Rajasthani girl was not easy for Janhvi. She went to Udaipur and Jaipur to imbibe the body language of the local girls.

However, she does not prefer to talk much about her preparation process.

Citing what she learnt from her mother, Janhvi said: “It is not about how you prepare, but what you deliver on screen. If you are playing a hungry man, you could stop eating for 24 hours before shooting the scene. But that is the point if that does not translate through your eyes while performing? So I think that is what matters… What I managed to deliver in the film.”

“After the film releases, if the audience appreciates my performance and still wants to know how I prepared for the role, I will talk about it. Because preparation looks meaningless if the result is not fruitful.”

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Priyanka Chopra turns 36, celebrates with Nick Jonas in London

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New Delhi, July 18: Actress Priyanka Chopra, whose Bareilly to Boston to Bollywood and now Hollywood story serves an inspiration to small-town girls in India, turned 36 on Wednesday and celebrated her special day with rumoured beau and American singer Nick Jonas in London.

She rang in her special day with a sweet delight as she shared an Instagram Story with the image of a plate which had “Happy Birthday Priyanka” written in chocolate, along with a dessert to go with it.

Excited about entering into a new year in life, PeeCee captioned the image as, “And it starts. Yay.”

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Priyanka has been generating quite the buzz with her many outings with Jonas. It was only on Tuesday that her date night with the 25-year-old singer became the talking point on social media. They were accompanied by Jonas’ family including Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Sophie Turner. The photos had Nick and Priyanka leaving the restaurant hand in hand and the Bollywood actor smiling shyly.

She was captured celebrating her birthday with Nick Jonas. PeeCee looked elegant in a polka-dotted high-waist parallels and a black buttoned top, Nick kept is classy in a grey sweatshirt and a pair of well-fitted jet-black pants.

Earlier this week, the actress was out with Nick’s brothers Joe and Kevin, and Joe’s lady love Sophie Turner.

On the work front, even though “Quantico” — the American show which gave a boost to her international footprint — has been cancelled after three seasons, Priyanka has been on a roll.

She wrapped up shooting for 2019’s Valentine’s Day release “Isn’t It Romantic”, which also features Liam Hemsworth and Rebel Wilson, with a carefree dance on the streets.

Priyanka has two Bollywood projects in hand. She will be seen in Salman Khan starrer Bharat and in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink along with Farhan Akhtar.

Read More: Happy Birthday Priyanka: PeeCee’s journey from small town girl to Hollywood’s queen

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Mouni Roy to play Rajkummar Rao’s wife in ‘Made in China’

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New Delhi, July 18: Mouni Roy is flying high as the star has bagged another new role in Bollywood film opposite Rajkummar Rao.

The television actress will be seen playing the role of Rao’s wife in quirky comedy ‘Made in China’.

Mouni took to social media to share the news of the film.

Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh also shared the news and wrote, “#NewsAlert: Mouni Roy to play Rajkummar Rao’s wife in quirky comedy #MadeInChina… Directed by Mikhil Musale… Produced by Dinesh Vijan… Starts Sept 2018 in Mumbai, followed by Gujarat and China.”

While on working with Rajkummar Rao in the upcoming film, “Mouni said in a statement to IANS,” I think Rajkummar is a tremendous actor and I have always looked up to his work. I can’t wait to start working with him. I am even more ecstatic to be a part of Maddock Films,”.

“Made in China” will start rolling in September in Mumbai and then travel to Gujarat and China. The film will be directed by Gujarati director Mikhil Musale.

This is Rajkummar’s second collaboration with Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films after the horror comedy film “Stree”, which will hit theatres on August 31.

Meanwhile, the ‘Naagin’ star will make her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ and will also be seen with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Nagarjuna in ‘Brahmastra’.

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Happy Birthday Priyanka: PeeCee’s journey from small town girl to Hollywood’s queen

Don’s Jungli Billi has come a long way in the world of cinema. Neither is her dad a king, nor is her mother a queen but she turned out to be a self-made princess, whose name oozes success, glamour and star power.

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New Delhi, July, 18: Priyanka Chopra is celebrating her 36th birthday with alleged beau Nick Jonas in London today.

Don’s Jungli Billi has come a long way in the world of cinema. Neither is her dad a king nor is her mother a queen but she turned out to be a self-made princess, whose name oozes success, glamour and star power.

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Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to physician parents Dr. Ashok and Madhu Chopra. Her father died after a long battle with cancer in 2013. She also has a younger brother Siddharth.

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While in Bareilly, Prianka won the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the army. There was no looking back after that and she went on to finish runner up at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. She captured international attention when she became Miss World in 2000, the crown fetched her one-way ticket to Bollywood.

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One look at her Bollywood journey and you’ll know that Priyanka Chopra has always tread a path different from her Bollywood contemporaries.

She made her debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, which also starred Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta. Unfortunately, the film was a colossal flop.

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However, her next film Andaaz, which released the same year got mixed reviews. She co-starred with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta in the film.

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Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), her second film with Akshay and her first with Salman Khan, was a huge success.

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Although she was new in Bollywood, she took the risk of playing a villain in Aitraaz(2004).  The film was a major blockbuster, which bagged Priyanka two Filmfare nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Best Villain, the latter of which she won. Only two years into her career and she was already an award-winning, A-list actress. Clearly, she was here to stay.

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2005’s Barsaat flopped miserably at the box office. However, Priyanka’s other films which released that year – Waqt: The Race Against Time, Bluffmaster, and Don (2006) were, in ascending order, sizeable hits.

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Priyanka kicked off 2008 with Harman Baweja‘s debut film Love Story 2050, directed by his father. Rumour had it that Harman and Priyanka were a couple and the film’s promos, which promised a never-seen-before sci-fi spectacle, managed to snag a great opening.

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Four years later, Priyanka grabbed the limelight and the national award for her role in Fashion.

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Later with films like Dostana, Anjaana Anjaani, Don 2, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, , Gunday, she pretty much established the fact that she is here to stay.

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2012’s Agneepath, in which she played Hrithik Roshan‘s love interest, broke Bollywood’s highest opening-day record.

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Her final release of 2012 was Barfi!, a blockbuster. Priyanka received rave reviews for her performance as an autistic girl who falls in love with a hearing and speech impaired local Ranbir Kapoor.

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In 2012, Priyanka launched her musical career with her first single In My City, featuring American rapper will.i.am. She followed it up with Exotic, this time collaborating with rapper Pitbull.

Priyanka released her third single I Can’t Make You Love Me in which she romanced Hollywood star Milo Ventimiglia.

Zanjeer and Krrish 3 were Priyanka’s 2013 films. Krrish 3 broke many records at the box office.

In 2014, Priyanka also received critical acclaim for her role as boxer MC Mary Kom in the biopic Mary Kom directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film bagged the Best Popular Film at the 62nd National Film Awards.

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2015 started on a good note for Priyanka, who featured in Zoya Akhtar’s ensemble film Dil Dhadakne Do and next seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani as Kashibai, the first wife of Peshwa Bajirao I (Ranveer Singh).

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Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal (2016), a sequel of sorts of Gangaajal, was also a hit. It is Priyanka’s last Hindi film as she is currently busy with Hollywood projects.

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Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.  In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Priyanka started her television career with America crime drama series Quantico and won rave reviews for the portrayal of Alex Parrish. Priyanka has so far won two Peoples’ Choice Awards.

While many Indian actors have worked in Hollywood and faded away, Priyanka’s presence on the global entertainment scene is unmissable. Her first Hollywood film Baywatch released in the year 2017.

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Ventilator, her first film as a producer, won three National Awards.

Priyanka is making global headlines daily for being linked with American singer and rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas.

The two spending a week together in India, where they attended Aksha Ambani and Shloka Mehta pre-wedding bash.

The stars first sparked romance rumours at the 2017 MET Gala, when they walked the red-carpet together.

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On the work front,  she has just completed filming Hollywood film ‘Isn’t It Romantic’- that also stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, among others – Priyanka is all set to begin shooting for Salman Khan- starrer ‘Bharat’.

Here’s wishing Priyanka a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

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