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Priyanka Chopra Hopes She Opened Doors for Women of Colour to Play Lead Roles

When Priyanka landed the role for "Quantico", she was touted as the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. She even won a People's Choice Award

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As Priyanka Chopra bid goodbye to her role as Alex Parrish in “Quantico”, which gave an unprecedented push to her career in Hollywood, hopes she has been able to kick open the door for women and especially those of colour to get to play lead characters in American showbiz.

“As the season ends, I am saying goodbye to Alex Parrish. As you’ll see, her story will come full circle…and that is the best feeling as an actor. Bringing Alex to life has challenged me physically and emotionally, but even more significant it has (I hope) cracked the door open for female talent and women of color to play leading ladies,” Priyanka wrote in an emotional tweet on Saturday.

“Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to me every week! Thank you to the cast and crew of ‘Quantico’ for being such an amazing team to work with, for all the memories that I will cherish… Memories of laughter, of learning new things, of making friends for life. It was a pleasure working with each and every one of you, and I look forward to crossing paths again,” she added.

Priyanka Chopra at the people's choice awards. Wikimedia commons
Priyanka Chopra at the people’s choice awards. Wikimedia commons

When Priyanka landed the role for “Quantico”, she was touted as the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. She even won a People’s Choice Award.

The ABC show started in 2015 and has had three seasons. Priyanka’s Alex is an FBI agent who becomes a prime suspect of a bombing case.

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She has since found a good foothold in the industry as she bagged a role in “Baywatch”, “A Kid Like Jake”, “Isn’t It Romantic” and she is also committed to star opposite Chris Pratt in the action film “Cowboy Ninja Viking”. (IANS)

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Amritsar Train Tragedy Leaves Bollywood Industry in Shock

Here's how the celebrities reacted:

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Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety. Twitter

The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Friday. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.

In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.

Here’s how the celebrities reacted:

Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar. Safety in public spaces has to be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.

Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt. Wikimedia Commons

Anil Kapoor: A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured.

Alia Bhatt: The Amritsar train accident is heartbreaking. Terrible thing to have happened. This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety. Prayers for all those suffering.

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Shekhar Kapur: Absolutely horrific tragedy. Heart goes to the kin of those that dies and injured. Let’s not politicise this tragic event that has left more than 60 dead and huge numbers seriously injured… obviously there will be an inquiry later.

Diana Penty: Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the train accident in Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers. (IANS)

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