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Priyanka Chopra: Journey from Desi Girl to Videshi Bahu

Indian Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra is engaged to American pop sensation Nick Jonas! The couple had been dating for 2 months when Nick Jonas, 25, proposed to Priyanka Chopra on her 36th birthday in London. Reportedly, Nick Jonas chose a ring from a Tiffany store in New York for the engagement.

Wow, what an unusual love story! Who would have thought of a possible match between an Indian megastar and an American singer, with huge cultural differences and an 11-year age gap between them? True that they say love knows no bounds. While Priyanka Chopra, after establishing a secure place for herself in Indian film industry has forayed into Hollywood, Nick Jonas is the heartthrob of millions of teens with a great singing career.




Let us have a sneak peek into the life of this inspiring girl from Bareilly who not only rocked the entertainment industry but also shattered many gender and racial stereotypes.

Humble Beginning: Rise from a Middle-Class Background to Miss World

Born on July 18th 1982, Priyanka Chopra lived in many cities because her parents, who were working as physicians in the Indian Army, had a transferable job. However, at the age of 13, she moved to the United States to pursue higher education. As a teenager in the United States, Priyanka Chopra was gawky with low self-esteem and often a victim of racism. Living in multiple cities, being exposed to various cultures and being extremely hard working, Priyanka Chopra grew up into a confident young lady with ambitions in heart and dreams in her eyes.

When Priyanka Chopra participated in the Miss India contest, one of the judges was heard saying that she’s too dark to win the title. However, PC went on to bag the Miss India first runner-up title and represented India in the Miss World contest. She was only 18 years old when she was crowned Miss World, and thus, began the journey of a megastar.

Star in the Making

Having made a debut in Tamil film industry, PC began her Bollywood career as a side actor in the movie The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. After this humble beginning, PC faced a series of flops and after working hard on her acting skills, returned with hit movies like Aitraaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, Dostana, Don, Krish, Mary Kom, Agneepath 2, Saath Khoon Maaf, Barfi, Bajirao Mastani, Dil Dhadakne Do and many others. With her superb acting skills, killer looks, confident style and daredevil attitude, PC not only ruled the roost, but she also set the bar high for upcoming debutants.

Dabbling with Music

After modelling and acting, the multi-talented PC forayed into music and released albums like In My City and Exotic, both of which were well received by Indian and international music lovers.

From Desi to Videsi: Hollywood calling

 

Priyanka Chopra was never the one to get satiated or be complacent. With a strong foothold in Bollywood, she ventured into American Television Industry with the highly successful series Quantico. She played the lead and was the face of the show adorning every hoarding on the streets of New York. She was awarded the People’s Choice Award for her powerful performance in the show.

It was time now to hit the big screens of Hollywood. PC starred in the movie Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson where she portrayed the character of a villain, a role which was supposedly written for a male actor.

Priyanka Chopra the Global Star: Laurels and Recognition

Her stellar performances won many laurels including an invitation to the Oscars, gracing the cover page of many international magazines like Time, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, etc. and appearance on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, etc.

Along with winning accolades for her versatile acting, Priyanka also got recognition from the Indian Government when she was honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award. It is commendable that she has fought all odds and paved the way to be where she is today, in spite of not having a godfather in the film industry.

Calling a Spade, a Spade

Priyanka does not shy away from voicing her opinions, be it whether disparity in wages for male and female actors, bullying, Muslim ban by the US President, or fair colour obsession of people. She oozes confidence as she talks of female empowerment in interviews and is the role model for millions of young girls.

Philanthropist

We can see Priyanka’s philanthropic side through her involvement in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, anti-addiction programs, her foundation, “The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education,” and cancer donation drives.

No wonder then, this dusky and talented beauty is included in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list and has earned the title of Hottest Woman of the Year and World’s Sexiest Woman twice by Maxim India.

We are in awe of this fabulous journey of PC from Bareilly to New York and wish her great times ahead in her career as well as in her love life with Nick Jonas.

[Images Credit: India Today, YouTube, Hollywood Reporter, brandsynario, Pinkvilla, Let us Publish]

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Alia Bhatt & Her Latest Movie Raazi: Things You Cannot Afford to Miss!

Alia Bhatt has been quite eager about her next release Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced under the banner of Dharma Productions. This thriller features her in the robust role of a Kashmiri girl, who married to a Pakistani officer. Though the movie is set to release on 11th May 2018, the trailer of this movie has already garnered 18,204,052 views on YouTube till date, and after watching it, one can only say that the movie looks engrossing.

 

 

This time Alia Bhatt is going to star with Vicky Kaushal, and the duo would be sharing the sets for the first time after his impactful debut in Masaan, in the Bollywood film industry. Alia Bhatt is playing the powerful role of Sehmat in this film. She will be portraying the role of a daughter, a wife, and even a patriotic woman, who can move mountains for her country. The cast also encompasses veteran actors like Rajit Kapoor, Soni Razdan, Shishir Sharma, and young talented Jaideep Ahlawat.

Do You Know Alia Had to Learn New Skills for Raazi?

The bubbly, gorgeous and very talented Alia Bhatt has given an excellent performance once again in Raazi. The trailer of this film looks extremely engaging, and it seems that the actor has got into the skin of Sehmat, her character in Raazi. But the performance wasn’t a cake walk. Alia had to learn various new skills for justifying the story of the movie. Alia learned to drive the Jonga car, which was a challenge for her because Alia is more used to automatic cars.  To learn Pure Urdu was another task that Alia had to grasp because the director Meghna was extremely specific about the dialect. Alia was even asked to watch movies like Kabhi-Kabhi, Silsila, etc.; this learning spirit reflects the spark in the character of Alia Bhatt.

A True Story

If you didn’t know, Raazi is based on the novel Calling Sehmat by ex-naval officer named Harinder Sikka. This novel is a fictionalized note of a reportedly true story about an Indian Kashmiri secret agent, set during the period of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.




The former Lieutenant Commander of Indian Navy published a book in the year 2008 about a Kashmiri woman, who was married off to a Pakistani officer to fetch information about rival country’s war strategy. She delivered secret information back to India during the time of Indo-Pakistan war. The fact alone that Raazi is based on a true-life story dating back to 1971 Indo-Pak war makes this movie much more fascinating than anything else.  At present, Sehmat is no more, and her son serves the Indian army. It took Sikka long eight years to fictionalise and wheel a story with a cohesive narrative.

Thus, we cannot wait to watch Alia Bhatt as Sehmat, can we? If you haven’t checked out the link to this engaging movie clip, what are you waiting for; go watch it and you will definitely be grabbed by it.

We wish Alia and the entire crew all the best for Raazi!

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Deepika Padukone – The True 100-Crore Club Actress

Deepika Padukone is a true 100-Crore Club actress. Basking in the glory and grandeur of the magnum opus of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavat; Deepika Padukone has proven to her fans and critics alike what she is made of – pure talent, imposing yet delicate screen presence and the capability to drag a film to the coveted 100-crore club on her shoulders! Thanks to the breathtaking visuals and legendary sets supported by great acting, within first four days of release, the movie made it to the 100 crores charting blockbuster club. And a lot of credit for the same goes to Deepika for her amazing acting skills.

With the spectacular success of Padmavat, the actress has clocked a total of 7 films in the 100-crore club:

              Movies

            Total earnings (in crores)

Chennai Express

422

Happy New Year

382

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

300

Bajirao Mastani

250+

Goliyo ki Raasleela – Ramleela

250+

Race 2

162

Padmavat

203+ (5th Feb, 2018) and still running successfully




Chennai Express

Managed to get to the club in style with a whopping 29 crores on the very first day, and with total earnings of 422 crores, it also became the 7th highest grossing Bollywood film all over the world. Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express starred Shah Rukh Khan alongside Deepika, and her impersonation of the daughter of a Tamil mafia king got her awards and appreciation from masses as well as the critics.

Happy New Year

This movie showcased Deepika with Shah Rukh Khan in glamorous roles, and this Farah Khan movie did spectacularly well accumulating 44 crores on an opening day with a total collection of 382 crores worldwide. This multi-star entertainer was full of the fun element and the formulas worked well, making it a smash hit, even overtaking Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3.

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Starred Deepika with Ranbir Kapoor and Kalki Kochelin and Aditya Roy Kapoor also, where they played a group of friends enjoying life and also falling in love. The beautiful film grossed more than 300 crores at the box office with critical acclaim for all the actors and the screenplay and story. The youthful film is one of the most popular films of recent times.

Bajirao Mastani Goliyo ki Raasleela – Ramleela

Bajirao Mastani and Ramleela

Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to have been inspired with the 100-crore club success of his past two films – Bajirao Mastani and Goliyo ki Raasleela – Ramleela, both starring Deepika Padukone in main roles opposite Ranveer Singh. Their real-life chemistry seems to have seeped in the movies as well, and they were quite appreciated by the viewers’ making them both commercial hits. Both earned an average of 250+ crores at the box office in domestic markets.

Race 2

A racy Abbas Mustan thriller full of glamour and fast cars and scantily clad girls also made it to the 100-crore club and featured Deepika in the main role opposite Saif Ali Khan, probably inspired by their previous hit Cocktail. Deepika stole the show even in the star-studded cast, and this movie earned 162 crore at the box office making it a roaring success of the year 2013.

Padmavat

With Padmavat, it is proven that there is no one to parallel the success of Deepika and the box office collections until day 11 (5th February 2018) are recorded at a staggering 203 crores! This can also be credited to Ranveer Singh’s breathtaking portrayal of Alauddin Khilji and the composed royal role of Shahid Kapoor, who plays Deepika’s husband, King Raja Ratan Singh.

With a total of 7 films in the prestigious 100 crore club, Deepika Padukone can rightly be crowned the undisputed queen! This also makes her the only actress with these many films in the 100 crore club. And to many more in the coming times, Deepika truly reigns over Bollywood now. Fans can celebrate!

 

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How with “Cheap Traveling” You Can Make Your Journey More Exciting

“Cheap Traveling” options will save your money and you will enjoy more while traveling. Usually, people dream about flying business class, or in ultra-luxurious private jets to faraway destinations to spend their vacation time. They’d like to check into the largest and most posh hotel in the country they’re visiting, taste exquisite dishes, and shop from the shiniest stores. Chrome, gleam, riches, and glitter – stuff that make up the dreams of most travelers. But there are travelers who work right in the opposite way too!




A growing number of millionaires are preferring hotels and home stays to large hotel chains, especially if they’re traveling to a different country for holiday and not business purposes.

  • One reason they prefer to do so is because they get the authentic feeling of the place they’re visiting, and not just a second-hand impression from their golden, expensive glasses (read hotel rooms!).
  • The next reason for them to do so is because the food at such places tends to be more delicious than the food served in three, five, or seven-star hotels. Locals know the food that the people of the land prefer, and they cook them in just that way. Using fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, there are mouth-watering dishes that can be found in these small hotels, unlike most large ones which serve staple tourist fares such as pizzas, burgers, and cookies.

  • The global traveler is now finding it easier to get modes of transportation at shorter frequencies. They get almost all the amenities they need even in small, quaint, hotels, and the hospitality at such places tends to be more personal and warm. What’s to hate in them!

  • Last, but not the least, smaller lodging places charge reasonable rates of their customers rather than hosing them just in the name of AC, wi-fi, bed coffee or tea, or even bottled water! These places offer almost all the services and amenities found in larger hotels (not the really small, cheap, and risky lodges though!) and their cost is a fraction of what you’d have paid in hotels booked by travel agents.

Making Your Choice

While it is true that saving, money has its own appeal, there are many who have the belief that costly is better. Here are a few reasons why an avid traveler however feels that travelling cheaper is a much better option rather than opting for costlier travel and accommodation alternatives:

    1. Convenient – Lesser cash and lesser number of cards, the easier it would be for you to carry your wealth around! All you need is a small purse or a wallet to carry enough to get you through the day. Instead of lugging about large purses and wallet camouflaged with something bigger, use as many cards and traveler check as possible and pre-book things such as tour rides, meal reservations, etc.

    2. Exploration – When your budget is modest, you tend to look for modestly prices establishments, be it thrift stores or restaurants. There are a much larger number of those with an authentic, local flavour to be found in any place than the expensive varieties. For example, there are several craft emporiums to be found in Rajasthan selling clothes, jewellery, and artefacts at double or triple the price that you’d find on small lanes running through forts and other small shops found throughout the state.




  1. Safer – When you dress, shop, and travel simply, you attract lesser attention. You don’t become the target for thugs and robbers who prey specifically on tourists who walk around flashing very expensive things and splurging money on every costly thing they can buy. Dress and behave like a true traveler, and chances are you may pass off for a local and not come in the radar of such people.

  2. Shopping trick – it’s usual human mentality to try and con outsiders for anything as soon as tricky tradesmen know they are from another state or country. It’s not just in India; every tourist destination in the world has a policy of slightly overpricing things when they see affluent outsiders or people who really have no clue about the true worth of the service or product they’re about to buy. When you show that you travel simply and have simple needs, they automatically adjust their inflation accordingly, and you stand a better chance at beating down the price to a much more reasonable one!

  3. More and more – Another advantage of traveling cheap is that you get to travel more and cram in more things and opportunities on your expeditions. Let’s understand this with an example. Let’s say you’ve saved INR 50,000 in one year just for traveling purposes. You’re a single female and you thoroughly enjoying exploring new places on your own. One friend of yours suggests taking a trip to an exotic place such as Thailand or Singapore. With that budget, you can get cheap airfares if you book your tickets in advance, and you can fit in a spot of shopping and sightseeing too. But you have to compromise on the accommodation because they are quite steeply priced. Another friend of yours suggests taking a trip to a north-eastern state such as Meghalaya, Shillong, or Manipur. They are amazing places to travel in, with delicious cuisines and an amazing array of things to shop. Now, to confuse you even more, one of your relatives calls you up and asks you to attend a wedding in Delhi, which is also a happening place! Confused? Rather than opting for just one place – Singapore, you could fit in 2 trips – 1 to a north-eastern state and the other to Delhi, and explore two new, diverse places. Plus, you save a lot on accommodation as they’ll be taken care of in one place by our relatives! Save the Singapore trip for a later time, when you’ve saved enough again, and explore as many places as possible in this way!

Traveling without a truckload of cash gives you a carefree attitude. You subconsciously don’t have to worry about the cash or valuables you’re carrying. Instead, you can fully enjoy the experience of being a tourist and make the most of your journeys! So, say cheers to budget traveling!

 

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