Tuesday November 19, 2019

Leading actresses star in Priyanka, Freida film for girl child

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Mumbai:  Actresses Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Sushmita Sen, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are featuring in film “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi”, produced by actresses Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, who are also the brand ambassadors of the initiative, and will also star in it. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has pitched in with the narration. The Hindi version of the film is all set to air on Star Plus at 1.30 p.m. on August 29 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The film is a collaboration between the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and Star TV. It will also be released on digital platforms in both Hindi and English.

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“Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi… it’s what I’ve truly believed in and it’s a motto shared by every one of the amazing women who have joined me on this journey for Girl Rising. We’ve all come together to narrate real life stories that highlight the amazing, positive impact that education can have on young girls. We believe that storytelling is a powerful way to inspire people and also to empower them to take action,” said Priyanka. Frieda said that “there couldn’t be a more appropriate day to bring to every Indian a movement that is so crucial in changing the way we perceive the role of girls and raise our boys in our country. “As a producer of Girl Rising India, I was very honored to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June to talk about Girl Rising and he not only embraced the idea but also suggested that we launch it on Raksha Bandhan,” she added.

Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi said she was “very happy about the collaboration between the ministry’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and Girl Rising”. “The child sex ratio in India is a matter of concern for all of us. Time has come to initiate more interventions and consolidate our efforts to secure the future of our girls,” she added.

Star India CEO Uday Shankar said: “On this Raksha Bandhan, Star Plus will be presenting Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi, a ground-breaking film designed to inspire a billion imaginations. We believe that the happiness of a nation depends on how we treat our daughters. “The film in English, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, had released in 2013 and showcases the stories of eight resilient girls from different countries who battled obstacles to achieve their dreams.

(IANS)

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I Don’t Take Pressure Now, Says Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Her list of upcoming projects is an exhaustive one, starting with "The White Tiger" and a superhero movie titled "We Can Be Heroes"

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

BY NATALIA NINGTHOUJAM 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one confident actress and producer. She can now play roles and take up responsibilities without feeling the pressure. She says she stopped taking pressure when she reached the point where she could call the shots and make choices about the work that she wanted to do.

The former Miss World made her Bollywood debut with “The Hero: Love Story of a Spy” in 2003. She made her presence felt with powerful performances in movies like “Aitraaz”, “Don”, “Fashion”, “7 Khoon Maaf” and “Barfi!”. Today, she is also a producer who has backed National Award-winning films such as “Ventilator” and “Paani”.

In her latest Bollywood film, “The Sky Is Pink”, she played one of the central characters and also served as a producer. Was there any kind of pressure on her since she was playing dual roles?

“I took pressure many years ago. Now I don’t take pressure. I think I stopped taking pressure when I reached a point where I could make choices about the work that I wanted to do… when I didn’t have to depend on people coming to me with the work. That sort of shifted not too long ago, just four or five years ago maybe,” Priyanka told IANS.

“Unfortunately with female actors, there is a lot of depending on a lot of people to approve before you are cast in a film. It is the truth. Hard to hear, but it’s the truth. That shifted for me just recently. I guess that gave me a sense of confidence to become a producer, to be able to helm films that I wanted to make,” she added.

But she likes to do films that make her feel nervous while going to the set.

“I like movies that challenge me. I like fiction as well as reality-based. I like the immersive experiences. I like something that will make me nervous coming to set. I like films where I look at my scene and I am like ‘oh my god! How am I going to do this?’ When your fingers tingle, your toes curl… I like experiences like those,” she said.

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Priyanka Jonas Chopra stands on the 10th position in terms of fake followers. Pixabay

She still gets the jitters?

“Every performer does because our outside environment influences us as a person. The only thing that experience has taught me is that between action and cut, no matter what is happening in my life, it won’t affect me. Before that I would get influenced. If I had a fight or was in a bad mood, it would affect my work. Now it doesn’t,” said Priyanka, also a known name in American showbiz, thanks to her show “Quantico”.

Her list of upcoming projects is an exhaustive one, starting with “The White Tiger” and a superhero movie titled “We Can Be Heroes”.

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“I can’t tell you what I am playing in it (the superhero movie) but it will be really fun,’ she promised.

“I am also developing about six or seven other projects for the next year. Some of them will have me and some won’t. They are regional, international and Hindi,” she shared. (IANS)