Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Taapsee Pannu, Sonali Bendre, and more…

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Priyanka Chopra’s new Hollywood role opposite Chris Pratt

Los Angeles– Actress Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood kitty is on an expansion spree. She will play the love interest of Chris Pratt in “Cowboy Ninja Viking”.

Priyanka Chopra

The role in Universal’s big-budget tentpole was one of the more highly coveted, and Priyanka beat out a slew of talent after a chemistry test with Pratt went extremely well, reports variety.com.

Priyanka, who shot to fame in American showbiz with “Quantico”, is coming off the series’ final season. She most recently appeared in “A Kid Like Jake”, opposite Jim Parsons and Claire Danes, and the Dwayne Johnson-starrer “Baywatch”.

She can next be seen in the comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” with Rebel Wilson.

Priyanka was due to star in Indian period drama “Bharat” opposite Salman Khan, but opted out of it for “a very special reason” — as per the film’s director Ali Abbas Zafar — just last week. It fuelled speculations that she may have been engaged to singer-songwriter Nick Jonas.

Taapsee Pannu to endorse NOMARKS

New Delhi– Taapsee Pannu has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Bajaj NOMARKS.

Taapsee Pannu

She will be the face of the brand’s new TV campaign which follows the philosophy of #CheherePeSirfShaanNoNishaan.

“I have always believed in the beauty of nourishing and nurturing your natural self. Through my work I have always tried to send out a message against ‘fairness’ being the only definition of beauty and instead cherishing naturally healthy glowing skin,” Taapsee said in a statement.

Bajaj Corp is all set to unveil the restaging of its brand Bajaj NOMARKS, which will anchor on a new packaging along with a new consumer proposition supported by a fresh campaign. There’s emphasis on Ayurveda.

On the idea behind the rebranding, Sandeep Verma, President Sales and Marketing, Bajaj Corp said: “Ayurveda is becoming a way of life for the present generation of highly aware consumers. Our endeavour is to connect with this audience in a differentiated manner.”

Taapsee was roped in as ambassador as she is an “epitome of confidence and ambition, something our audience aspires to be”, Verma said.

Sonali Bendre a fighter, says Omung Kumar

New Delhi– Sonali Bendre, who is braving a fight against cancer, is a strong person and a fighter, says filmmaker Omung Kumar of the actress, who was his former co-judge in the third season of reality TV show “India’s Best Dramebaaz”.

Sonali Bendre Behl (Photo: Twitter)

Sonali had to leave the Zee TV show in between as she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and had to go to New York for treatment. She was replaced by Huma Qureshi, who completes the judging panel with Vivek Oberoi.

Praying for Sonali’s good health, Omung told IANS: “I miss her a lot, but I know she is a fighter, she will come back for sure. I think she is going to come back before the finale. Get well soon, Sonali.”

Omung, who judged a few episodes of the show with Sonali, said her presence on the set used to create a beautiful atmosphere.

“Sonali is a mother figure. She is a calm and composed person, so while judging the show, she knew better than me and Vivek about how to deal with the kids.

“She and I used to discuss our issues on the set. We had a lot of fun. As a judge, as she is a mother herself, she knew the best when to behave strictly with the kids and when to have fun,” added the “Mary Kom” director.

“India’s Best Dramebaaz” is an acting talent hunt show for children.

My brother is a hero: Sonakshi Sinha

Mumbai– Actress Sonakshi Sinha says her brother Luv Sinha, who is all set to make his acting debut in Bollywood with “Paltan”, is a hero.

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo courtesy: StarsUnfolded)

Sonakshi on Tuesday shared a photograph of Luv from the film, directed by J.P. Dutta.

“This is my brother, and hes a hero! Luv Sinha in ‘Paltan’. September 7! Can. Not. Wait,” Sonakshi captioned the image.

“Paltan” is a war drama and also features Siddhanth Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Dipika Kakar and Harshvardhan Rane.

Sangeita Chauhaan pays tribute to Kajol

Mumbai– Actress Sangeita Chauhaan, who featured in the show “Piyaa Albela”, paid tribute to actress Kajol in Armenia.

Sangeita had gone to Armenia for a photoshoot for Triveni sarees. That’s where she did an impromptu gig on Kajol’s song “Gerua”.

“I felt like a movie star. The locals halted to see a girl in sari singing and dancing to ‘Gerua’ song. We shot at some amazing locations in Armenia. We recreated the Kajol moment from her song ‘Gerua’ from ‘Dilwale’,” Sangeita said in a statement.

“I personally think she is one actor who can carry saris with grace and gratitude. I have been her biggest fan since ages and honestly, my love for saris is because of her. This photoshoot is a tribute to her,” she added.

Big B treats ‘Brahmastra’ team with vada pao, samosas in Bulgaria

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan treated the entire unit of his upcoming film “Brahmastra” with ‘samosas’ and ‘vada pao’ in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkaar 3

Calling it an accomplishment, Big B on Tuesday tweeted: “Feeding the entire unit of ‘Brahmastra’ in the wilds of Sofia, Bulgaria with ‘vada pao’ and ‘samosa’ was quite an accomplishment, by moi.”

“Brahmastra” is a fantasy adventure trilogy. Its first part is slated to hit the screens on Independence Day, 2019.

The film also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Nagarjuna and Alia Bhatt. This will be the first time Amitabh will be seen working with Alia and Ranbir.

It is directed by Ayan Mukerji, who is known for films like “Wake Up Sid” and “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. (IANS)

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