With the news of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and Kevin Spacey coming to the fore, many have wondered when the misogyny and abuse rampant in Bollywood will finally be spoken about. In the wake of this, Madhu Chopra, Priyanka Chopra’s mother and a producer, has spoken about how the Quantico actress let go of big projects because they were being helmed by people who made her uncomfortable with their lewd suggestions and requests.
Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra has penned an emotionally touching note after the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentences of all four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case. The Indian actress says she is “proud” of the justice system.
Priyanka on Friday shared a note, where she said that she refuses to accept the brutality of such heinous crimes.
“Yes, it has taken five long years, but today justice finally prevailed. The flame of this verdict should singe not just the dastardly four (of the other two, one is dead and one accused is a juvenile) but such perpetrators in India as well,” Priyanka wrote.
“‘The brutal, barbaric and demonical conducts of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency’ — said the Supreme Court while reading out the death sentence to the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape cum murder case. “I’m so proud of the justice system for hearing her voice.. in her dying declaration she appealed that her perpetrators not be spared,” she added.
The 34-year-old actress said that it was “justice” that the entire country demanded
“Each voice that joined the battle was strident and clear – the six must be punished. Finally, they will pay. The brutality of such crimes is something I refuse to accept,” she said.
The former beauty queen also voiced her concerns over the fact that even in 21st century, how can a society allow such heinous crimes taking place against women and expressed that it “never ceases to trouble” her.
“Unfortunately, the past can never be undone. So, we move on and make a promise to ourselves. That when an entire country is unified in wanting something, action is taken. This awakening, this unified voice to stop such brutal and demonical crimes, as our Supreme Court said, is what we must never let go onto mute mode,
Choreographer Bosco Martis’ directorial debut Circus has been the talk of the town for quite some time. It has now emerged that Sooraj Pancholi and Parineeti Chopra will be playing the lead roles in the film.
The film will also feature Suniel Shetty playing the role of Parineeti’s father.
A source told Mumbai Mirror , “Scripting for Circus began a year ago. It portrays a strong father-daughter relationship spanning a decade and will have Suniel Shetty playing Pari’s dad. A child artiste will be cast to play the younger Pari.”
The buzz is that Shetty will be seen doing some gutsy stunts as a circus artist and Parineeti’s role is that of a trapeze artist.
Admitting that direction had been on his mind for a while Bosco said, “There is nothing to say right now. We are still in the initial stages of production and casting. I have been in talks with the actors but Parineeti is yet to sign on the dotted line.”
While India made it to the top 10 markets for searches related to the 88th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday, it was actor Priyanka Chopra who was the second most searched celebrity in India after Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio, internet search giant Google said on Monday.
India although contributing about two percent of the global searches for the Oscars, still made it to the top 10 markets for Oscar searches, the company said in a statement.
As much as 50 percent of all Oscar searches worldwide originated from the US.
Markets that made up to the next 30 percent of the search share included Britain, Canada, Australia and Spain.
“Compared to 2015, this year has seen an unprecedented 70 percent year-on-year growth in queries for the Oscars. January 2016 saw two times spike in searches in comparison to December 2015,” the company said in a statement.
The top searches for Oscars 2016 from India included best picture, best actor, best actress and best director, Google said.
The top searched nominees in the best picture category were “The Revenant”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Martian”, “Room”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Spotlight” and “The Big Short”.
For Indian fans, Leonardo DiCaprio emerged as the most popular nominee in the race for best actor, followed by Matt Damon (The Martian).
Incidentally, DiCaprio also emerged as the most searched best actor nominee across the US.
Among the best actress nominees, Cate Blanchett (Carol) was the most searched nominee followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).
In the US, the two best searched nominees in this category were Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence
“In 2016, searches around the Oscars are trending to be the top query worldwide in the art and entertainment category”, Google added.
The same trend was seen in India as well. All varieties of queries were typed by the users — around the awards, award dates and nominations, Google said.
For all those of you who only spoke about Priyanka Chopra’s accent when it came to Quantico, the trailer of Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal is out, and you may have to eat your words.
Just when we thought Chopra couldn’t do anything else this year to cement her position in the film industry, this trailer made us rethink that. Playing a tough cop in this sequel to Jha’s Gangaajal starring Ajay Devgn, perhaps the biggest compliment one can give Chopra is the fact that Devgn isn’t missed.
In a completely de-glam avatar, and with crisp, impactful Hindi, Priyanka Chopra owns every frame in Jai Gangaajal. The film explores the relationship between society and police force, and is set in central India. It makes for an interesting premise given the current bureaucratic issues we have had as a nation.
Perhaps one of the dialogues from the film summarises our feelings towards Priyanka Chopra best, “Khakee ka rang sahi ho to, usse aurat pehne ya mard; tum jaiso ko chutki me aukaat dikha deti hai” (If the color of khakhi is right, it doesn’t matter whether a man wears it or a woman.)