Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Baba Ramdev, Pia Bajpai, Shama Sikander, and more…

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Priyanka Chopra terminates contract with Nirav Modi

New Delhi– Actress Priyanka Chopra has decided to cut ties with billionaire diamond trader Nirav Modi’s brand following the news about the alleged banking fraud carried out by him.

Priyanka Chopra

“In the light of recent allegations, Priyanka Chopra has chosen to terminate her contract with the Nirav Modi brand,” a spokesperson of Priyanka, who was the global brand ambassador for Nirav Modi, said in a statement issued on Friday.

As the news about the multi-crore scam involving Nirav Modi came to light earlier this month, a statement from the actress read that she was seeking legal opinion on her contract. There were also speculations that she is suing the brand for non-payment of dues. But her spokesperson denied this.

The termination news comes in the wake of after actresses Kangana Ranaut and Bipasha Basu accusing Mehul Choksi-owned Gitanjali Group of breaching the contracts with them and not paying their dues.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, along with the directors of the Nirav Modi and Gitanjali groups, are under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for an alleged Rs 11,300 crore fraud on Punjab National Bank through illegal use of Letters of Undertaking and Foreign Letters of Credit to raise and roll over money.

Both Nirav Modi and Choksi are said to have left the country, along with their family members, in early January.

Ramdev’s show leads to clash between Yadav, Brahmin organisations

Ghaziabad– First, the Brahmin Mahasabha took objection to Baba Ramdev’s show on Discovery JEET, which it said spoke against the Brahmins, portraying them in poor light. The Mahasabha asked for criminal action against the show “Swami Ramdev: Ek Sangharsh”.

Baba Ramdev

Then the Ghaziabad unit of All India Yadava Mahasabha got into the action and demanded action against the Brahmin Mahasabha for protesting against Ramdev.

Produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms and Watergate Production, the Discovery JEET project is a scripted biopic series tracing Baba Ramdev’s journey from a life of anonymity to a renowned yoga guru and business leader.

K.P. Yadav, Vice President of UP Yadava Mahasabha, said the Brahmins had been “dividing the society since ages” and Ramdev had said the right things about Brahmins’ role.

He praised the yoga guru for having “courage to expose” Brahmins in the show that premiered on February 12.

The All India Yadava Mahasabha has summoned a meeting on February 25, to discuss the issue in detail. The Yadava Mahasabha, in turn, has asked for action against Brahmin Mahasabha.

According to sources, the makers of the show have, meanwhile, asked for the security to be stepped up for them.

Pia Bajpai goes bald for film

Mumbai– Actress Pia Bajpai, who will be seen in a bilingual Tamil/Malayalam film “Abhiyum Anuvum”, will be sporting a bald look in the movie.

Pia will be seen opposite actor Tovino Thomas in the Yoodlee Films production.

“I’m having a bald look for a couple of scenes in the film and it’s been very challenging for me. It used to take three to four hours just to place that properly and have that look. For a fact, if I had to start the shoot at 7 a.m., I had to start getting ready at 3 a.m. And more than that the whole day for 12-13 hours having that on my head, was very difficult,” said Pia in a statement.

“I couldn’t move my head much or laugh. Even if my head got itchy, I couldn’t do anything about that. With so much spray and glue. I just couldn’t wait to get home and get that off. And it used to take easily that many hours to even remove that,” she added.

It was so tedious for Pia that she even considered going bald truly than wearing a wig.

“I really thought shaving my head would be so much better than wearing that wig, but then my director told me this look was just for three to four days that too during the initial days of the shoot. Hence, I wasn’t allowed to shave my head which I would have preferred,” said Pia.

“Abhiyum Anuvum” is scheduled to release on March 9.

Shama Sikander to play double role in ‘Ab Dil Ki Sunn’

Actress Shama Sikander is set to play a double role in the web series “Ab Dil Ki Sunn”.

The series, which will be produced by Shama’s own production house Shama Sikander, will have her play the role of a 56-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman as well, read a statement.

“I’m extremely excited to play a 56-year-old woman. I have never done it before so as an actor, it is challenging. I am super-excited. Rest you have to wait and watch,” said Shama, who had played the protagonist in filmmaker Vikram Bhatt’s “Maaya”.

The web series is set to release next month.

‘Balika Vadhu’ actress in ‘Yours truly Roohani’

Mumbai– Actress Vibha Anand, who essayed the role of Sugna Shyam Singh in “Balika Vadhu”, will be seen in the short film “Yours truly Roohani”, directed by Sammir I Patel.

“Yours truly Roohani” is a romantic-comedy which will release next month in the first week, read a statement.

“I’m a believer of soul connection, and when I first heard the story I could connect to it. And that’s also the reason why I didn’t think twice and immediately said yes for the role,” said Vibha.

“Yours truly Roohani” also features Rishi Saxena of the TV show “Kahe Diya Pardes” fame.

“This is a romantic comedy film, a genre I am doing for the first time, which will hopefully touch hearts across all age groups of people,” said Patel, who has also writen and produced the project.

Parineeti, Arjun start shooting for ‘Namastey England’

Amritsar– Actors Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor started shooting for their upcoming film “Namastey England” here on Friday.

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti shared a photograph of the film’s clapboard and tweeted: “‘Namaste England’! Can’t control my excitement. Arjun Kapoor, Sanjana Batra, Arti Nayar and Ashni Shah (producers).”

Arjun shared the same image and wrote: “‘Namastey England’! Here. We. Go!”

This will be the third time Arjun and Parineeti will be seen working together. The two have previously worked in “Ishaqzaade” and have just wrapped up filmmaker Dibaker Banerji’s “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”.

“Namastey England”, directed by filmmaker Vipul Shah, will be shot in the serene locations of Punjab and Canada. (IANS)

 

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