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Salman, Katrina, others attend Priyanka-Nick wedding reception

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Actress Priyanka Chopra and her singer husband Nick Jonas hosted their third wedding reception in Mumbai on Thursday. The newlyweds partied with some of the top Bollywood stars at Taj Lands End Hotel.
 
Priyanka looked stunning in white embellished outfit while Nick Jonas complemented her in a dapper green suit.
 
Salman Khan was present at the venue. Earlier, there were some rumours that he was upset with Priyanka for quitting his film 'Bharat'. 
 
Rekha arrived for the party in her usual stunning Kanjeevaram saree. Kangana Ranaut came with her mother and sister.
 
Newly-wedded couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone looked mesmerising in their black traditional outfits at the reception.
 
Other top Bollywood celebrities like A. R. Rahman, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Anushka Sharma, Kiara Advani, Sammera Reddy, Geeta Basra, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Zaira Wasim, David Dhawan, Pooja Hedge, Raveena Tandon, Vivek Oberoi and Tamanna Bhatia also attended the reception.
 
Actors Kajol, Vidya Balan along with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor and singer Asha Bhonsle also arrived at the venue. Badminton star Saina Nehwal, Mukesh Bhatt and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra were also spotted at the reception.
 
Hema Malini looked beautiful in a blue saree. Tusshar Kapoor arrived at the reception with his father and veteran actor Jeetendra.
 
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who worked with Priyanka in 'Fashion', was also present. Actor Shabana Azmi and fashion designer duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla were also spotted at the reception.
 
Priyanka and Nick tied the knot in Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, and had two wedding ceremonies -- a Christian and Hindu. 
 
Nick Jonas, who was in the US after their short vacation in Oman, flew in for the Mumbai reception.
 
On the work front, Priyanka will be seen on the screen in Shonali Bose's 'The Sky Is Pink' along with Farhan Akthar and Zaira Wasim.
 
The film is being co-produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala and Priyanka Chopra.
 
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Saira Banu pins hope on Modi to save Dilip Saab's home

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Veteran actress and wife of actor Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, has expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet her here and help save her husband's bunglow from the land mafia.
 
In so many words she has also slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not doing anything in the matter despite assurances.
 
"Request from Saira Banu Khan: The Hon'ble @PMOIndia Shri @narendramodi Sir, Land Mafia Samir Bhojwani released from jail. 
 
"No action taken despite assurances by CM @Dev_Fadnavis. 
 
"Padma Vibhushit betrayed, threatened by money and muscle power. Request meeting with you in #Mumbai," read a tweet shared late on Tuesday on Dilip Kumar's official Twitter account. 
 
Interacting earlier with the media, Saira Banu had sought audience with Modi, who was here on Tuesday, to discuss the issue following the builder's release from jail.
 
Bhojwani had falsely claimed ownership of the two plots in upscale Pali Hill area of suburban Bandra on which the ailing 96-year-old actor's bungalow is, she said.
 
Saira Banu had also tagged Fadnavis in her tweet. 
 
Fadnavis later told the media that he would speak to the couple and try sort out the issue.
 
This came after Modi apparently directed Fadnavis to sort out the issue as soon as possible, Saira Banu said.
 
"We are hopeful that the Prime Minister will look into the matter and I hope our kind Chief Minister will also look into it and take due action," the veteran actress said.
 
"For the last three months, the CM has been promising me that he will talk to Bhojwani and resolve the issue. I hope he will stick to his words and do the needful," she added.
 
Giving details about the dispute, Saira Banu said: "We have been facing this court dispute and harassment by Samir Bhojwani for the last 10-12 years. 
 
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"This man (Samir Bhojwani) is an expert at land grabbing, forgery and fraudulent cases. He is doing these things because he has muscle power and money. He has big political connections, and therefore, no one is willing to take action against him."
 
She also stated that Bhojwani has violated BMC guidelines but they have not taken any action against him. 
 
"Earlier, he wanted to build a cottage for his sister in front of our residence. At that time, we gave him permission. After that, we went out of Mumbai for two-three months and when we returned, we saw that he had built a two-three storey building instead of a cottage, and while doing so he had violated BMC rules but no one has taken any kind of action against him.
 
"The entire world knows that this is Dilip Kumar saab's residence so how can he trespass on that land? He knows that Dilip saab has health issues and because of all this stress his health has deteriorated even more."
 
She said Dilip Kumar was emotionally attached to his house. "It is his only house and we all are emotionally attached to it. Dilip saab's younger sister and brother have grown up in this house.
 
"He hasn't worked in 300 films that he can afford to invest in properties. In his entire film career, he has hardly been part of 56 good films. He is a man who has contributed a lot for his country through his art." 
 
In December 2017, Saira Banu had lodged a police complaint alleging that Bhojwani was threatening and harassing her and Dilip Kumar over the property. Following the complaint, the Mumbai police had arrested Bhojwani.
 
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Legendary classical singer Arun Bhaduri passes away

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Legendary classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri, known for his deep and sonorous voice, passed away at a city hospital on Monday following age-related ailments and respiratory distress, family sources said.
 
Bhaduri, 75, is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and a grandson.
 
Born in West Bengal's Murshidabad on October 7, 1943, Bhaduri received his initial lessons in Indian music from Mohammed Abu Daud, before fine-tuning his knowledge on the nuances and embellishments of the Hindustani Classical Music from Mohammed Sagiruddin Khan.
 
Later, he was also taught by the late Ustad Ishtiaq Hussain Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, and Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh.
 
Greatly influenced by Ustad Ameer Khan, Bhaduri imbibed his aesthetic qualities, and successfully created a style of his own by fusing the various styles he learnt from the stalwarts.
 
He joined the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a musician scholar and rose to become one of its most venerated Gurus.
 
A top grade radio and television artiste, Bhaduri received invitations from music festivals in the UK, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Bangladesh.
 
Bhaduri is also known for his excellent rendering of Bengali songs and bhajans.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief at Bhaduri's demise.
 
Recalling that the state government had conferred on him the state's highest civilian award, Banga Bibhusan, in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to music, Banerjee said his passing away would "create a big void in the world of music and culture".
 
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Documentary on India's Pad Man makes it to Oscar shortlist

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"Period. End of Sentence", a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving into the work of real life 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganathan, has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.
 
The film is executive produced by Guneet Monga and is co-produced by Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like "The Lunchbox" and "Masaan".
 
After the Oscar shortlist was announced here on Monday, Monga posted on Instagram: "Waking up to this shortlist! So proud and so exciting... I am so humbled to be a part of the producing team."
 
Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
 
The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
 
According to hollywoodreporter.com, the film also delves into Muruganantham's invention of an easy-to-operate machine that makes low-cost sanitary napkins using supplies that are readily available in India.
 
Muruganantham, whose story inspired the Bollywood feature film "Pad Man", brings his machines to these small towns, helping train women to operate them and in turn sell the supplies at very affordable prices to other women in their area. The women retain the profits of their labour, effectively creating a sustainable women-run micro-business that protects both their health and their community's economic future.
 
"Period. End of Sentence" is among ten films that have advanced in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. A total of 104 films had originally qualified in the category.
 
India's entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, "Village Rockstars" is out of the Oscar race, as is Iram Haq's Norwegian drama "What Will People Say", starring Indian actors Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna.
 
Nominations for the 91st Oscars will be announced on January 22, 2019, over a month ahead of the Oscars ceremony which is slated to be held on February 24, 2019.
 
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India's 'Village Rockstars' out of Oscar race

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India's official entry for the best "Foreign Language Film" category at the Oscars 2018, "Village Rockstars", directed by Rima Das, is out of the race for the honour, as is Iram Haq's Norwegian drama "What Will People Say", starring Indian actors.
 
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced that nine films have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards, according to the official Oscars website.
 
An Assamese movie, "Village Rockstars" is set in Das' own village of Chhaygaon in Assam. It is the story of "poor but amazing children" who live a fun-filled life.
 
So far, "Mother India", "Salaam Bombay!" and "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" are the only Indian films that made it to the top five in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, but none has won the honour.
 
Hopes were also pinned on "What Will People Say", which stars Indian actors Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna. It is set in Pakistan and Norway and traces how a Pakistani immigrant family deals with its teenage daughter's affair with a local boy in Norway. 
 
A total of 87 films had originally been considered in the Foreign Language Film category. Among the shortlisted ones are "Birds of Passage" (Colombia), "The Guilty" (Denmark), "Never Look Away" (Germany), "Shoplifters" (Japan), "Ayka" (Kazakhstan), "Capernaum" (Lebanon), "Roma" (Mexico), "Cold War" (Poland) and "Burning" (South Korea).
 
Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is excited about "Roma" making it to the list.
 
"Made the shortlist of the Oscars for foreign language," tweeted the Academy Award winner, whose film is set in the early 1970s and is a semi-autobiographical take on his upbringing in Mexico City.
 
The movie, available on Netlfix, is among the front-runners for an Oscar this year.
 
The Academy also announced shortlists for the Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Make-up And Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects categories.
 
Nominations for the 91st Oscars will be announced on January 22, 2019, over a month ahead of the Oscars ceremony which is slated to be held on February 24, 2019.
 
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Miss Universe 2018: Philippines bags crown, India fails to make it to Top

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India's Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20 of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, where Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines pipped 93 contestants from around the world to emerge the winner -- as chosen by an all-women jury.
 
India had pinned high hopes on Nehal, 22, to end a long drought for the country at the pageant as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.
 
But South Africa's Tamaryn Green, a medical student, and Venezuela's Sthefany Guterrez, studying to be a lawyer, secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots at the gala ceremony, where Spain's Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe.
 
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Steve Harvey, the show here on Sunday saw Gray taking an ecstatic first walk as Miss Universe in a dazzling red gown with a thigh-high slit. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa.
 
Gray holds a Master Certificate in Music Theory. An adventure junkie, she is an HIV/AIDS advocate and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students at an NGO according to the official Miss Universe website.
 
In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.
 
She said: "I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something.
 
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"And if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity would not brew and foster, and children would have a smile on their face."
 
Earlier in the competition, Gray was asked about her views on legalisation of marijuana. She said: "I am all for it being used in medical use but not so much for recreational use, because I think if people were to argue what about cigarettes and alcohol... Well, everything is good, but in moderation."
 
The competition began with the Top 20, with five semi-finalists being chosen from each region -- The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, as well as a Wild Card category.
 
In a newly formed segment, the contestants were made to make an 'Opening Statement', giving out a message for the world.
 
Then, the contestants were narrowed down to the Top 10, leading to the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. They were further streamlined to the Top 5 and were asked interesting questions ranging from issues like MeToo to immigration.
 
Singer Ne-Yo lent a musical touch and Ponce took a proud walk down the ramp, winning a standing ovation for representing diversity and inclusion in its true sense.
 
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India's Nehal Chudasama out of Miss Universe 2018

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India's Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20 shortlist at the Miss Universe 2018 contest here.
 
The Mumbai girl, 22, was among the 94 contestants who competed for the crown at the 67th Miss Universe pageant at a glitzy finale here on Sunday.
 
Five semi-finalists were chosen from each region -- Top 20 - from each region - The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, as well as a Wild Card category.
 
Representatives from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, Great Britain, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Nepal, Philipinnes, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Thailand, US, Venezuela and Vietnam made it to the Top 20.
 
In a newly formed segment, the contestants were made to make an 'Opening Statement', in which each of them had to say a message for the world.
 
After the 20 semi-finalists shared their thoughts, the stage welcomed Angela Ponce, who made a mark as the transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe. As she took a proud walk down the ramp, she won a standing ovation for representing diversity in its true sense at the competition.
 
The show was hosted by five-time Emmy Award-winner Steve Harvey.
 
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Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon kicks off Artists' Cinema at Kochi Biennale

The screening of Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon, a new film on subaltern life in Old Delhi, kicked off here on Saturday the Artists' Cinema section of the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), South Asia's biggest contemporary art event.
 
The 100-day film programme got off to a start at the Biennale Pavilion in Fort Kochi's Cabral Yard, one of the ten venues of the art event that began on December 12.
 
The Artists’ Cinema has both documentaries and feature films and is billed as the sub-continent’s biggest of its kind.
 
The brand-new Hindi movie known for its unconventional approach marked the start of the package being curated by filmmakers and scholars from across the world. 
 
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon is the directorial debut in cinema by renowned theatre-person Anamika Haksar.  
 
Late Saturday evening, amid the twilight-hour chirps of birds in the verdant 1.6-acre plot, Haksar briefly spoke about the two-hour movie that has won rave reviews and critical acclaim for its magic-real treatment of marginalised communities in the historical Shajahanabad pocket of quaint Old Delhi.
 
“It took two years for us to shoot the film,” said Haksar, 59. “But then, we had been, prior to that, meeting the people in Old Delhi, interviewing and documenting them for seven years. Pickpockets, singers, vendors, rickshaw-pullers, daily-wagers, loaders, coolies, rag-pickers….”
 
Ghode ko Jalebi, the director said, is like an unfamiliar road. “It takes random turns, leads you to places you quite don’t anticipate or know,” she added.
 
At the Biennale, the film won thunderous applause even as Haksar introduced three of the movie’s actors to the gathering. Ravindra Sahu, Lokesh Jain and K Gopalan (incidentally a Malayali). The three artistes, who appear in key roles in the film, also spoke about their experience.
 
The Artists’ Cinema is to run till the last leg of the Biennale which concludes on March 29 next year. The others in the first segment are Laurence Anyways (French, Sunday) and Bangladeshi documentary Muktir Gaan and American movie I am Not Your Negro (Monday).
 
Artists’ Cinema became part of the KMB in the 2014 edition, which screened 163 films in 100 days, having been put together by 12 curators. The 2016 edition of Artists’ Cinema had nine curators and several institutional collaborations such as Forum Expanded of Berlin International Film Festival, Lux- Scotland and National Film Archives of India. 
 
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Amitav Ghosh becomes first writer in English to bag Jnanpith Award

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In the first recognition for an Indian writer in English, Amitav Ghosh has been announced as 2018's Jnanpith Award winner for "outstanding contribution towards literature".
 
The 1956, Kolkata-born author was described as a "path-breaking novelist" by Bharatiya Jnanpith. The awarding body said that Ghosh, in his novels, treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways. 
 
"His fiction is endowed with extraordinary depth and substance through his academic training as a historian and a social anthropologist. His major thematic concerns include migration and interconnections across places, cultures and races, and human distress and suffering caused by historical turbulences, especially at the level of girmitiyas, coolies and lascars," Bharatiya Jnanpith said in a statement. 
 
Ghosh has explored Indian protagonists ranging across a wide international field, including Bangladesh, England, Egypt and Myanmar in both his fictional and discursive writings. 
 
Some of his celebrated works include "The Circle of Reason", "The Shadow Lines", "The Calcutta Chromosome", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide" and the Ibis trilogy that includes "Sea of Poppies", "River of Smoke", and "Flood of Fire". 
 
The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist and scholar Pratibha Ray. 
 
Other eminent persons of the selection board included Girishwar Misra, Shamim Hanfi, and Harish Trivedi, among others. All the previous winners of the much coveted award have been writers in Indian languages, making Ghosh the first writer in English its winner. 
 
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B P Singh to be new President of FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council

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Brijendra Pal Singh, producer-director of popular TV serial CID which has had an unbroken 21-year-run, has been nominated as the new Chairman of the Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
 
"Government of India has nominated Brijendra Pal Singh as President of the FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council, in pursuance of Rule 3 and Rule 22 of the Rules of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)," an official press release said.
 
His tenure will be for the remaining period of block of 3 years starting from 04.03.2017 as per the provisions of Rule 6(1) of the Rules of FTII, Pune and the explanation given thereunder or until further orders whichever is earlier, it said.
 
Singh will replace well-known actor Anupam Kher, who resigned from the position on October 30 citing lack of time to carry out his responsibilities in view of his international assignments.
 
Kher, 63, is currently busy working in the United States on the American television show "New Amsterdam".
 
Kher had been appointed to the prestigious position in October last year, succeeding Mr. Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had led to protests from many FTII students, who felt he did not have the professional credentials to lead and guide them.
 
Singh is an FTII alumnus (1970-73) who specialised in film cinematography. In 2004 he made it to the Limca Book of Records for taking a single continuous shot of 111 minutes to mark the completion of six years of CID.
 
Welcoming his appointment, Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune said, "FTII welcomes the appointment of Shri B P Singh as new Chairman. As former Chairperson of FTII Academic Council (2014-2017) and current Vice Chairman of FTII Governing Council, Shri Singh is fully conversant with all issues of the Institute. It is his vision that launched FTII's countrywide film education outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) in May 2017 which saw nearly 120 short courses conducted in over 24 cities and towns across India touching nearly 5000 learners so far. FTII looks forward to his guidance and support in the times to come "
 
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Kerala's one-film wonder Ajayan passes away

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Ajayan, who shot into fame with the only film that he directed "Perunthachen" (master carpenter), died here on Thursday, said his colleague and veteran character actor Nedumudi Venu.
 
Ajayan breathed his last at a private hospital here after a cardiac arrest, Venu said.
 
He is survived by his wife and two children.
 
Venu said it was always a mystery that Ajayan failed to make more movies.
 
"He was certainly immensely talented but do not know what and where he got stuck. He was my junior in college and we have had a very long association."
 
State Culture and Cinema Minister A. K. Balan condoled Ajayan's death and said that the impact of his only film will continue for a long time.
 
Son of the legendary Malayalam playwright, screenwriter and film director, Thoppil Bhasi, Ajayan began his film career under his father and later worked as associate director to legends like Padmarajan and Bharathan.
 
It was in 1990 that Ajayan turned a full-time director with "Perunthachen", which was a runaway hit and one that won rave reviews and numerous awards.
 
Ajayan won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director, Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director, in 1990.
 
The film also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film in 1990 and was nominated for the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1992.
 
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Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath marry in Jalandhar

Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at their wedding at Jalandhar on December 12, 2018.
Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at their wedding at Jalandhar on December 12, 2018.
Star comedian Kapil Sharma married his lady love Ginni Chatrath here at a traditional Punjabi ceremony, which was enlivened by popular singer Gurdas Maan.
 
Kapil made a late entry at the wedding venue, which was done up in red and gold.
 
The bride stuck to the traditional for her attire, and accessorised her look with maatha patti, nath and statement earrings and a layered neckpiece.
 
Kapil sported a green sherwani, with string adding some drama to his look. His triple kalgi on the turban and sword grabbed attention, as did his bearded look.
 
He shared their first wedding picture himself via Instagram, with an emoticon with folded hands in gratitude for the love and blessings from all over.
 
The venue had ample security considering Kapil is an established name in the industry and has a huge fan following. Invitations to the wedding itself had a barcode for entry.
 
A guest on condition of anonymity told IANS that there was a limited gathering of the couple's close family members and friends, apart from a few names from the world of comedy.
 
It was very much a Punjabi wedding in terms of the food, barring special Thai food arrangements.
 
The star attraction was a performance by Gurdas Maan.
 
The "Comedy Nights With Kapil" star and Ginni wanted the wedding to be rooted in their culture. In fact, they chose Lovely Sweets, a 60-year-old Indian sweets manufacturer from here, for the sweets they have distributed, and Lovely Imagination, for designing the elaborate wedding invitations and sweets.
 
Their wedding was preceded by days of ceremonies and pre-marriage rituals, including a sangeet which saw their friends dance the night away.
 
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 to feature works of 94 artists from across world

As many as 94 artists' works will be on display at the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale -- South Asia's biggest contemporary art event -- that will begin here on Wednesday.
 
The 108-day event, that will go on until March 29, 2019 and will be held at ten venues here, will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
 
Curated by eminent artist Anita Dube, the event will also feature seminars, workshops, lectures, film screenings and performances.
 
What’s more, the curatorial theme of ‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’ will encourage visitors at the Biennale to participate in its course beyond being viewers. For that, the Biennale pavilion will double up as a public space for conversation.
 
“The pavilion will have no hierarchies over who could speak on what, how long, when and in which language,” said Dube. “It is energised by the interactions between works, the dialogue sparked between artistic voices and practices. The audience is invited to share, to listen, and even to challenge the space.”
 
This emphasis on interaction will be a defining feature of the festival, according to Bose Krishnamachari, president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He said Dube has been credited with curating the first biennale anywhere in the world to have women totalling more than half of the participating artists.
 
On the evening of December 12 in Fort Kochi, the Chief Minister will declare the festival open. The function at Parade Ground, slated to begin with a Chenda Melam orchestra led by Peruvanam Kuttan Marrar will also be addressed by Yusuf Ali, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International, Nilima Sheikh, artist and Feroze Gujral, director, Gujral Foundation and trustee of the Biennale. 
 
The inauguration will be followed by a live performance by the Bangalore-based Vasu Dixit Collective.
 
Earlier that day, the Biennale flag will be hoisted at Aspinwall House, the main venue of the festival. This will be followed by a walk with the curator. The afternoon will see two artist performances — one by Mexican Tania Candiani (Aspinwall) and other by Netherlands-based Rana Hamadeh (MAP Project Space).
 
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Lucknow-born Dube, who studied Art Criticism at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, has conceived the Biennale following a year-long travel around the globe. That engagement, defined by intense research and diverse dialogues with artists, led her to shortlist the artists for the Biennale.
 
The event will be held across heritage venues in the twin towns of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, as well as in downtown Ernakulam. The venues are: Aspinwall House, Durbar Hall (Ernakulam), Pepper House, Cabral Yard (site of the Biennale Pavilion), David Hall, Kashi Art Café, Kashi Town House, Anand Warehouse, TKM Warehouse and MAP Project Space.
 
A highlight of the Biennale is a team of 20 dedicated ‘art mediators’ who will be residing in Kochi through the event and giving guided tours every day free of charge. Another novel addition is the idea of infra-projects, which is a set of four art projects put together by external curators in alignment with the broader curatorial theme.
 
There will also be a Students’ Biennale, featuring 200 student-artists, belonging to private and public art schools from across India and parts of South Asia. Other ancillary events include the Let’s Talk series, presentations and discussions by artists and thinkers, Artists’ Cinema, which presents curated packages of films, and the Music of Muziris concert series, showcasing a wide range of traditional and contemporary music acts.
 
The Foundation’s ‘Art by Children’ (ABC) runs as an endeavour that offers resources for artistic experimentation. Integral to it is the ‘art room’, a learning project at Cabral Yard, aiming to introduce people to art making from a young age. Also, there is a two-month Graffiti Residency on till December 20.
 
Materials used for the Biennale's Pavilion will be subsequently repurposed to construct a dozen houses for those affected by the August floods and landslides in the state. In January 18 next year, select paintings, sculptures and installations of more than 40 artists will be auctioned in Kochi as part of the Foundation’s ARK (Art Rises for Kerala) initiative in partnership with auction house Saffronart.
 
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Singer Beyonce arrives in Udaipur to perform at Isha Ambani's pre-wedding celebrations

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Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce arrived in the City of Lakes on Sunday to perform at a pre-wedding celebration for Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal.
 
Beyonce sported a white printed ensemble and a pair of shades as she stepped out of the Maharana Pratap Airport. A red lip colour brightened up her look as she let her curly tresses loose.
 
The "Crazy in love" singer will perform on Sunday night for a star-studded audience, which includes US former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick Jonas.
 
Beyonce's arrival for a private concert here has been much talked about since September when American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand's engagement in Italy's Lake Como.
 
The wedding celebrations are as grand as expected.
 
On Saturday night, a glitzy sangeet ceremony saw the bride and groom's family in a celebratory mood.
 
Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Karan Tacker.
 
Veteran actress Rekha also arrived here on Sunday.
 
Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on December 12.
 
On Friday, the families started the pre-wedding functions with a special four-day 'Anna Seva' to feed 5,100 people, a majority of them with special abilities, here.
 
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'Kedarnath' director urges Uttarakhand government to lift 'ban'

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"Kedarnath" director Abhishek Kapoor has urged the Uttarakhand government to lift a ban on the movie.
 
"I plead with the Uttarakhand government to please lift the ban on my film 'Kedarnath'. It is an attempt to bring peace, harmony and healing to the people of this country. Please don't deprive us of this opportunity," Kapoor tweeted.
 
While there has been no official ban on the film by the state government, it wrote to all district magistrates about the film and the controversies surrounding it. 
 
The decision followed a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that reviewed a report submitted by a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.
 
The government asked the district administration to take a call on their own and left it to their discretion whether or not the film should be released in their respective jurisdictions.
 
Following which Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udhamsinghnagar banned the film. 
 
The Hindi film, with the 2013 flash floods in Kedarnath as the backdrop, was being opposed by the right-wing activists from the day its shooting began in the hill state and they alleged that it hurt Hindu sentiments and promoted the idea of "Love Jehad".
 
The film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and debutante Sara Ali Khan, was shot extensively in Triyuginarayan, Gaurikund, Soneprayag, Rambada, Kedarnath and Chopta, and it had to face protests even then.
 
The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to ban the film and asked the petitioners to approach the District Magistrate with their complaints.
 
On its opening day, the movie garnered Rs 7.25 crore in India.
 
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'Kedarnath' not to release in Uttarakhand

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The Sara Ali Khan-Sushant Rajput starrer Bollywood film "Kedarnath' will not be released in the hill state of Uttarakhand, an official said on Friday.
 
While there has be no official ban on the film by the state government, it has written to all district magistrates (DMs) about the film and the controversies surrounding it. It has asked the DMs to take a call on their own and has left it to their discretion whether or not the film should be released in their respective jurisdictions.
 
Following this, all the DM's have banned the film's release in their districts. A decision to this effect was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reviewed the report submitted by a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.
 
The Hindi film, with the 2013 flash floods in Kedarnath as the backdrop, was being opposed by the right-wing activists from the day its shooting began in the hill state and they alleged that it hurt Hindu sentiments and promoted the idea of "Love Jehad".
 
With the latest orders by the DMs, it would mean that the film will not release now in state capital Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udhamsinghnagar. Other districts of the state do not have a film theater. 
 
The film was shot extensively in Triyuginarayan, Gaurikund, Soneprayag, Rambada, Kedarnath and Chopta, and it had to face protests even then.
 
The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to ban the film and asked the petitioners to approach the District Magistrate with their complaints.
 
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Salman Khan to be first guest on Kapil Sharma's new show

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Comedian-actor-producer Kapil Sharma has started shooting for a new edition of "The Kapil Sharma Show" with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as its first celebrity guest.
 
The episode, which will be aired on Sony Entertainment Television, will also feature Salman's brothers Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan as well as their father Salim Khan, read a statement.
 
Kapil will be joined by his original gang - Chandan, Kiku Sharda and Sumona Chakravarti.
 
The audience will also get to see comedians Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek along with Rochelle Rao. 
 
Meanwhile, Kapil will marry his fiance, Ginni, at her hometown in Jalandhar on December 12.
 
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Rajinikanth's '2.0' set for major China release

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A still from the movie "2.0". (Photo: IANS)
Superstar Rajinikanth's "2.0", which has set the cost registers ringing all over, is gearing up for a major China release across 56,000 screens, according to its makers.
 
In a statement, Lyca Productions confirmed the news of the Shankar-directed sci-fi movie's release in association with HY Media in China with at least 47,000 of the total screens playing it in 3D format.
 
"2.0" will release in China in May 2019 and it will be the widest 3D release for any foreign language film in history, the statement said.
 
A sequel to Shankar's 2010 blockbuster "Enthiran", "2.0" has been produced by Lyca Productions and was released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi on November 29.
 
The film, which features Rajinikanth in three different 'avatars', also stars Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey.
 
Akshay Kumar, making his southern debut, plays the antagonist. The film has been made on a budget of Rs 600 crore.
 
Rajinikanth plays a scientist and a robot. He also appears as a microbot, dubbed 3.0, which was one of the major surprise elements.
 
Earlier this week, Lyca Productions revealed that the film grossed a whopping Rs 400 crore in its opening weekend worldwide.
 
Shankar has also confirmed he is ready to commence shooting for Kamal Haasan's "Indian 2", which marks his reunion with the latter after two decades.
 
"We recently did a make-up test with Kamal sir and I was really excited to see him in the get-up of Senapathy. We are all set to begin shoot very soon," Shankar told the media.
 
Shooting of "Indian 2" may start from December 14. Kajal Aggarwal has been roped in to play the leading lady. Anirudh Ravichander will compose the music. Lyca Productions will also be bankrolling "Indian 2".
 
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Sonali Bendre beams with joy as she returns to 'motherland'

 
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Actress Sonali Bendre Behl beamed with joy, flashed smiles, gave a thumbs up and joined her hands in reverence for all the love as she arrived here on Monday months after she left for New York to seek treatment of a high grade cancer.
 
Sonali, known for films like "Sarfarosh", "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" and "Duplicate", has been putting up a brave fight against metastatic cancer for months.
 
She arrived here in an all-black look and flaunted her shaved head with as much confidence and bravado as she has been showcasing to her fans via social media. She was joined by her film producer husband Goldie Behl.
 
The paparazzi went clickety-click as Sonali made her way to the car and she obliged with a heartwarming smile and gratitude.
 
Before she left from New York, Sonali had shared a social media update, flaunting a casual white tracksuit. She had teamed them with shoes -- one of which read "mother" and the other read "land".
 
Clearly, Sonali was excited to be back in Mumbai -- where her heart is -- for a "happy interval".
 
Her Instagram post read: "I'm on my way back to where my heart is. It's a feeling I can't describe in words but I'm going to try - it's the joy to see my family and friends again, the excitement to do what I love and mainly the gratitude for the journey I've had up until this moment.
 
"The fight is not yet over... but I'm happy and looking forward to this happy interval."
 
For Sonali, who has spent the tumultuous time with a smile on her face, "it's time to learn that there is a new normal out there and I can't wait to embrace it and switch on the sunshine".
 
Sonali announced earlier this year that she was diagnosed with a high grade metastatic cancer. A mother of one, she said her family and close friends have provided her the best support system.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas marry in traditional Hindu ceremony

 
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Actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra got married to American singer Nick Jonas in a traditional Hindu ceremony here, after three days of wedding celebrations which included a colourful mehendi ceremony, a friendly cricket match and a power-packed 'desi' musical evening.
 
Priyanka looked "breathtaking in her traditional red Indian wedding outfit", a source told E! News about the Hindu ceremony on Sunday.
 
"Nick did a beautiful job following the customs of a Hindu ceremony. It was lovely seeing how they honoured both of their heritages," the insider added.
 
From their 'roka' ceremony in August to their wedding, Nick has embraced Indian traditions whole-heartedly. Priyanka also ensured an occasion like Thanksgiving Day was celebrated like it's meant to be with Nick's family.
 
"One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each others' faiths and cultures.
 
"And so, planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing," Priyanka and Nick wrote on their respective Instagram page on December 1 when they shared glimpses of their 'mehendi' revelry.
 
Their wedding celebrations were in tune with the majestic venue -- the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, situated atop a hill in this 'Blue City' in Rajasthan.
 
Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 26, first exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony officiated by the groom's father here on December 1. They wore custom-made Ralph Lauren ensembles -- a good fit as the two stars had shared the spotlight for the first time as guests of the designer at the 2017 Met Gala.
 
Marking their union here was the Jodhpur sky lit up with fireworks. However, Priyanka was widely trolled for it as around Diwali, she had urged people not to burst firecrackers due to the health hazards it leads to. As a result, she was called out for her "double standards".
 
Nevertheless, their fans were swooning over some of the tidbits they shared of the '#NickYanka' pre-wedding ceremonies.
 
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At the 'mehendi' ceremony, Priyanka sported a breathtaking multi-hued folksy Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga, channelling the 'desi' look in every which way, while Nick sported an aqua kurta by the same designers.
 
They also incorporated a friendly cricket match, competing as "team bride vs team groom".
 
As for the sangeet, a video and photographs shared by Priyanka suggest it was no less than a Bollywood awards night complete with a stage, elaborate light set-up and props as well as energetic performances.
 
Priyanka's cousin and actress Parineeti Chopra, who performed on stage, welcomed Nick warmly to her family and is all praise for her "jiju" (brother-in-law).
 
"The job of us bridesmaids was to make sure the bride was happy and comfortable at all times. But we did not have to worry about it because Nick promised to do it all his life.
 
"Welcome to the family Nick jiju! I am so so happy that the Jonas and Chopra family is now united," she wrote.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
A successful Bollywood star, Priyanka made a transition to American showbiz as the lead in crime drama "Quantico", eventually landing a role in the "Baywatch" film.
 
Nick and his brothers Kevin and Joe are known for having formed a pop-rock band, The Jonas Brothers, in 2005. The band split up in 2013.
 
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Anushka worked with occupational therapist, audiologist for 'Zero'

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Anushka Sharma
Actress Anushka Sharma says she worked with two professional trainers to immerse herself into her role as Aafia, a scientist with cerebral palsy, in Aanand L. Rai's "Zero".
 
The actress put herself through a rigorous three-month preparation process.
 
"I understood the challenge that I was going to face as an actor while playing this role. That is what excited me towards the role," Anushka said in a statement.
 
"If I were able to pull it off, I would have accomplished something. So I wanted to do it the right way and represent this correctly. Aanand sir and Himanshu (writer Himanshu Sharma) had already researched a lot with doctors (about this condition) when they came to me with the film and had sketched out my character accordingly. I understood their brief and went with their vision and met with the doctors," she added.
 
She said she worked with an occupational therapist and audiologist who helped her understand "what physical limitation my character would have and how my condition would impact my speech". 
 
"The difficult part in this was that I had to voluntarily create an involuntary movement that happens to my character because of my condition. While I had to focus on the dialogues, I also had focus on the emotion of the scene, which was difficult. So, in the beginning I would ask for some extra takes so that I could get it right because I wanted to make sure that I was doing it correctly," added Anushka, who shares screen space with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie.
 
Anushka also spent time on a wheelchair.
 
"With time I started to understand it better - staying on the wheelchair the whole time I was on set and for three months before as I worked with the occupational therapist and audiologist. I did all these to understand the confinements one feels when one has to spend a lifetime on a wheelchair.
 
"I think all this practice helped in understanding the condition of the character well and the vision that Aanand L. Rai had for the role. I have tried to do it to the T," she added.
 
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Bollywood dazzles at Ranveer-Deepika's wedding reception

 
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Well known personalities from Bollywood, sports and political background attended Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding reception, a black-tie industry party night at The Grand Hyatt on Saturday in Mumbai.
 
Actors including Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Disha Patani, Tiger Shroff, Aditi Rao Hydari, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Lara Dutta along with husband Mahesh Bhupathi, Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Hema Malini with son-in-law Bharat Takhtani attended the wedding reception.
 
Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar also attended the function, along with their respective wives.
 
For their third wedding reception, the couple arrived looking nothing short of regal as Ranveer wore a classic black piece suit with a bow tie designed by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Deepika was a treat to sore eyes in a jam coloured embellished gown designed by Zuhair Murad.
 
The list of attendees also included producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra with his wife, Kalki Koechlin, Nimrat Kaur, R Madhavan and his wife Sarita Birje.
 
Ranveer and Deepika tied the knot on November 14 in Italy in a traditional Konkani ceremony, which was followed by a Sindhi wedding on November 15. 
 
Both the functions were fiercely intimate with just about 40 guests in attendance and a ban on prying mobile phones and paparazzi. The security at the wedding venues was reportedly at par with that provided for a meeting of world leaders.
 
On their return, the two hosted a reception for Deepika's relatives in Bengaluru, followed by a DJ bash organised by Ranveer's sister Ritika Bhavnani for the couple.
 
The couple then hosted their second wedding reception for Ranveer's relatives and friends in Mumbai on November 28.
 
On the work front, they were last seen together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat". 
 
Ranveer will next be seen in "Simmba", while Deepika will be seen portraying the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas get married, fireworks light up Jodhpur sky

 
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The sky here was lit up with fireworks to celebrate the wedding of actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas at the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace here on Saturday.
 
The couple exchanged wedding bands by Chopard and wedding vows at a Christian wedding officiated by the groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr, according to people.com.
 
Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom-made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen who included Priyanka's brother Siddharth and Nick's three brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie.
 
Ralph Lauren is an important designer to the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actress but also because she and Nick, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date.
 
Late evening, synchronised fireworks marked the celebrations.
 
On Sunday, the bride and groom will continue their epic wedding weekend with a Hindu ceremony.
 
Priyanka and Nick took to Instagram on Saturday to not just share glimpses of their 'mehendi' festivities, but also their thoughts about following both traditions to get married.
 
"One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each others' faiths and cultures.
 
"And so, planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing."
 
Priyanka looks every bit the 'desi girl' in a bright multi-coloured and festive lehenga choli for her mehendi ceremony, which took place on Friday. While she looks carefree and joyous, Nick also seems to be enjoying the customs to the hilt as he rocks a kurta-pyjama.
 
"An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the mehendi. Once again we made it our own, and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed," read the post accompanying the pictures, which drew millions of fans across the world who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of the closely guarded wedding.
 
Ahead of their big weekend, the couple celebrated Thanksgiving in India together. Days later, they held a puja ceremony at Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra's house in Mumbai to spiritually celebrate the upcoming event.
 
Weeks beforehand, Priyanka celebrated her bachelorette party in Amsterdam and had a bridal shower in New York City.
 
They had a traditional Indian 'roka' ceremony in Mumbai in August.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas now a married couple

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas (File photo: IANS)
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas (File photo: IANS)
Actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are now husband and wife as they had their Christian wedding at the Umaid Bhawan Palace here.
 
According to people.com, the groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr officiated at Saturday's Christian ceremony, where the couple exchanged wedding bands by famed jeweller Chopard.
 
On Sunday, the bride and groom will continue their epic wedding weekend with a Hindu ceremony.
 
"It is super important to Priyanka to have an Indian ceremony that honours her heritage and culture, just as it's important to also have a Western ceremony that honours Nick's Christian upbringing," a source told people.com earlier this week. 
 
Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen who included Priyanka's brother Siddharth and Nick's three brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie.
 
Ralph Lauren is an important designer to the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actress but also because she and Nick, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date.
 
Ahead of their big weekend, the couple celebrated Thanksgiving in India together. Days later, they held a puja ceremony at Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra's house in Mumbai to spiritually celebrate the upcoming event.
 
Weeks beforehand, Priyanka celebrated her bachelorette party in Amsterdam and had a bridal shower in New York City.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
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Jharkhand Literary Meet 2018 to be held in Ranchi on December 8-9

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Eminent writers and personalities such as Ruskin Bond, Uday Prakash, Mahadev Toppo, Alok Rai and Rekha Bhardwaj will be among the doyens of Hindi and English literature who will congregate for the second edition of the Jharkhand Literary Meet (JLM) here on December 8-9.
 
The event promises to be a literary high point encompassing writing, short films and evening performances, the organisers, Tata Steel, said.
 
Bond, the author practically every English-speaking child in India has grown up reading, will be present for two sessions -- one of which will be on the Bollywood adaptations of his stories.
 
Chanakya Chaudhary, vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel, told a press conference here on Thursday that the event would build on the "resounding success" of the first edition of the JLM last year.
 
“We initiated the first Jharkhand Literary Meet with the belief that a culturally rich region such as Jharkhand must have its very own festival celebrating literature and allied cultural pursuits, like dance, music, recitation, cinema and theatrical performances. The focus has been to engage premier authors, speakers and performance artists from the region and across India.
 
“It was our privilege and pleasure to have hosted, in the very first year itself, eminent writers and personalities such as Ashok Vajpeyi, Mark Tully and Sharmila Tagore, among others. We hope to make the Jharkhand Literary Meet an integral part of Ranchi cultural canvas as well as the region’s premier literary event,” Chaudhary said.
 
Festival director Malavika Banerjee said, “We are privileged to have iconic author Ruskin Bond to inaugurate and be a part of JLM 2018, especially as this his first-ever visit to Ranchi. Uday Prakash, one of the stalwarts of modern Hindi literature, is another author we are privileged to bring to JLM 2018.”
 
Banerjee also spoke of the presence of authors from the region who are making a mark on the country’s literary scene, such as Mahadev Toppo, Mohua Maji and Anuj Lugun. “This is part of our continued, strong focus on making the meet a balance between writing from the region and elsewhere,” she added.
 
The formal inauguration of the event will take place on December 8 morning, with Bond and Prakash doing the honours. The venue for this year’s meet is Audrey House, a gracious colonial-era bungalow near Raj Bhavan.
 
A curtain-raiser has also been planned at Jamshedpur on December 7, featuring Bond, to flag off the Tata Steel Literary Meet Season, which includes ‘Kalam’, the Kolkata Literary Meet, and BLM, the ‘Bhubaneswar Literary Meet’.
 
Rekha Bhardwaj’s performance will be another major highlight of the festival. 
 
"The National Award winning singer would surely be a perfect fit for the Jharkhand Literary Meet, not only because of her reputation as a powerhouse performer but because of her known interest in Hindi / Urdu literature," a press release from the organisers said.
 
A session on late film music composer S D Burman’s music, as explored in an award-winning book, would be an added draw for music lovers. For the millennials, a session on the advent and mass popularity of web-streamed content aided by platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be discussed with the cast of ‘Mirzapur’ (an Amazon Prime original).
 
A stand-up comedy performance by renowned comic and writer Sorabh Pant and a musical tribute to Begum Akhtar will round up the offerings at JLM 2018.
 
Ashutosh Chaturvedi, chief editor, representing event media partner ‘Prabhat Khabar’ and Shailesh Verma, chief resident executive, Tata Steel, based at Ranchi were also present on the occasion.
 
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