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Priyanka calls Ukraine-Russia conflict as ‘terrifying’

The bombing has created widespread panic among the Ukrainians, who have turned subway stations into underground bunkers to stay safe during the ongoing skirmish…reports Asian Lite News

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, has strongly reacted to the crisis which is currently unfolding in Ukraine following the military attack launched by Russia.

Terming the situation as “terrifying”, she has urged people on behalf of Unicef to provide aid to Ukraine. The actress shared a video of a news coverage on the situation in Ukraine, which is getting battered with Russian bombing on their military bases.

The bombing has created widespread panic among the Ukrainians, who have turned subway stations into underground bunkers to stay safe during the ongoing skirmish.

Priyanka wrote in the caption, “The situation unfolding in Ukraine is terrifying. Innocent people living in fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, while trying to navigate the uncertainty of the immediate future.”

She further wrote, “It’s difficult to comprehend how in the modern world this could escalate to such a catastrophic point, but this is a consequential moment that will reverberate around the world.”

Urging people to lend a helping hand, she wrote, “There are innocent lives living in this war zone. They are just like you and me. Here is more info at the link in my bio about how to assist the people of Ukraine.”

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has drawn varied reactions from influential people. Earlier, actor Sonu Sood had urged the Indian Embassy in Ukraine to help find an alternative route for evacuating stranded Indians.

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British Indian actress grabs attention in ‘Red Notice’

Arya reprises the role of Interpol’s Inspector Urvashi Das, forever in hot pursuit of the Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds characters in the Netflix comic-action drama ‘Red Notice’…reports Asian Lite News.

After the generation of Meera Syal and Parminder Nagra, and the now-famous Archie Panjabi and Simone Ashley aka Kate Sharma of ‘Bridgerton 2’, Ritu Arya is the newest British Indian actress to get the world’s attention.

Arya reprises the role of Interpol’s Inspector Urvashi Das, forever in hot pursuit of the Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds characters in the Netflix comic-action drama ‘Red Notice’.

She rose to prominence back home with her recurring role as Dr Megan Sharma in the hugely popular British soap opera ‘Doctors’, which even earned her, back in 2014, a British Soap Awards nomination.

The actress starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as a character named Gail in the episode titled ‘The Sign of Three’ of ‘Sherlock’, the series that recasts the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and places them in contemporary settings.

Her performance as Flash in the sci-fi television series ‘Humans’ brought her further recognition. Post ‘Humans’, she was cast in smaller roles in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’, co-written by Emma Thompson and starring Emilia Ashley, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, and in the ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’ episode of the long-running British sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who’.

It was in 2016 when life changed for the actor, as her work in the Netflix original ‘The Umbrella Academy’ changed her career trajectory. Her performance as Lila Pitts in the series is considered to be her breakthrough role. She thereafter starred in the British mystery thriller ‘The Stranger’, the comedy drama ‘Feel Good’ and then in ‘Doctor Who’, which is one of the longest running shows in British television history.

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Bollywood Business Babes

The elaborate range of cosmetics is primarily aimed at catering to the Asian skin tone and texture. It also happens to be the country’s first beauty line to emerge out of Bollywood…writes Nimerta C Sharan.

Film and business are connected together in all sense. Model and wellness enthusiast Malaika Arora recently launched her investment company, Malaika Arora Ventures, which has invested in lifestyle and wellness start-ups such as Sarva and Nude Bowls. While Bollywood’s leading ladies might be in the spotlight for their films and glamorous fashion outings, there’s more to them than meets the eye, for starters most of them have great business acumen and are investing their time and money into projects that go beyond filmmaking.

From setting up funding ventures to starting their own businesses, the industry’s new wave of women entrepreneurs are making all the right moves, here’s a round-up of some popular actresses who are boss babes in their own right:

Alia Bhatt

With a career spanning almost 10 years, Bhatt has been a part of some spectacular films and brand endorsements. Last year, the 28-year-old launched a sustainable clothing line for children ‘Ed-a-Mamma’ catering to the age group of 2-14 years. The actress has invested in companies like Stylecracker and Nykaa and has also launched a platform ‘Coexist’ that works towards animal and ecological welfare.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

From opening an Indian restaurant ‘Sona’ in New York to launching her own vegan haircare brand ‘Anomaly’, there’s no stopping this global trendsetter. A production company under the name, the actress has delivered two successful hits Ventilator and The Sky Is Pink. That’s not all; the superstar became the face of dating app Bumble in 2018 and invested in the start-up as well. You go, girl!



Katrina Kaif

She kickstarted her innings as an entrepreneur in 2019 with the launch of her make-up brand ‘Kay Beauty’, in partnership with beauty giant Nykaa. The elaborate range of cosmetics is primarily aimed at catering to the Asian skin tone and texture. It also happens to be the country’s first beauty line to emerge out of Bollywood.

Anushka Sharma

At 25, Sharma set up a production house ‘Clean Slate Filmz’ with her brother. Known to have produced some incredible movies and web series, she is actively involved in the process, from selecting scripts to finalizing the cast. The 33-year-old also launched her apparel line ‘Nush’ in 2017, which is an extension of her distinct style. A champion of animal rights, the actress has also opened two rescue animal shelters outside Mumbai with her husband Virat Kohli.



Deepika Padukone


With a super successful career, more than a dozen brand endorsements and an exciting international work graph, Padukone is on top of her game. In 2017, she set up her own investment venture ‘KA Enterprises’ which has invested in Epigamia — a brand of yoghurts, hobby-based start-up FrontRow, electric taxi enterprise Blu Smart and aerospace start-up Bellatrix. Padukone made her debut as a producer in 2020 with the release of her film “Chhapaak”.

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Pranitha loves to work more in Bollywood

“But yes, what is different is the language. All my life I’ve spoken very bad Hindi but now suddenly you’re speaking very good Hindi,” she quipped…Pranitha interacts with Ahana Bhattacharya.

Pranitha Subhash is basically a Kannada artist is now exploring new paths in acting career. Pranitha who features in the film “Hungama 2”, is missing the big screen.

“I’m both nervous and excited because everything starting from the genre to the audience is new for me,” Pranitha told sharing her experience about working in a Hindi film.

Quizzed if she is missing the big screen, the actress replied: “Absolutely, because as actors, especially in the South we are so used to the big screen, the hullabaloo, the firecrackers and the madness! I am going to definitely miss all that.”

With a film releasing digitally, the opening weekend box-office pressure is not there.

Is that a slight relief?


“Actually yes. But then, I think it would have been great if it was released in the theatres at least for a little while like how recent films have been, and then probably bringing it to the OTT, that would have been something I would like,” the actress suggested.

A popular name in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films, Pranitha is a working in Bollywood for the first time, what differences does she observe from the South?

“It’s been wonderful. In terms of work, it is almost the same, does not feel like anything different. The work culture, the timings I’ve always heard people telling me how different and stuff like that, but I personally found everything the same. You can’t tell any difference between the working style of a South film and a Hindi film,” the actress replied.

“But yes, what is different is the language. All my life I’ve spoken very bad Hindi but now suddenly you’re speaking very good Hindi,” she quipped.

“So I’ve tried to polish my Hindi. Secondly, we are catering to a much (more) universal audience because, for example, I’ve had friends in Bengaluru, my old classmates who have only watched Hindi films all their life,” she added.

With two Hindi films of her releasing this year, does the actress plan to shift to Hindi cinema?

“Yes, I would love to work more in Bollywood. I would definitely try to balance between Bollywood and South because South has given me everything that I am till date, so I would love to continue working there,” Pranitha said.

Asked about her character in the latest Hindi film “Hungama 2”, Pranitha teased saying: “I play a very easy going girl next door who gets into… well you’ll only know that when you watch the film!”

Directed by Priyadarshan, “Hungama 2” streams on Disney+ Hotstar. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Johny Lever, Meezaan Jafri and Rajpal Yadav in key roles.

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Vidya trusts made in India vaccine, urges all to take jab

Speaking to us, Vidya advocates for Indians to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus so that we can all do our bit to reduce the burden on our healthcare systems and workers…writes Siddhi Jain.

Vidya Balan, the fabulous actress of Bollywood is continuing her vibrant career with stronger characters. Vidya who is currently being lauded for her role in Amit Masurkar’s ‘Sherni’ acknowledges that “the coronavirus pandemic put a tremendous amount of pressure and stress on our healthcare workers”. Despite this, “they continue to work tirelessly, giving us the best of care — a reality we don’t see often unless we visit a hospital or a healthcare facility,” Vidya tells.

The popular actor has joined hands with Vicks to lend her voice in support of all doctors and healthcare workers in the country. The brand, through its #TouchOfCare campaign, recently launched a heart-warming film on the inspiring journey of late Dnyaneshwar Bhosale’s selfless acts of care.

Bhosale left no stone unturned to ensure that many less fortunate children received life-saving medical attention during the pandemic. A doctor who lost his life to Covid-19, Bhosale left behind his wife, kids, and his dreams of building his own paediatric hospital. The film pays tribute to Bhosale and hundreds of doctors like him who lost their lives during the pandemic while extending their ‘Touch Of Care’ to the many souls in need.

Vidya said that she wished to bring to light the invisible force behind the doctors themselves: their families.

Vidya shared: “I salute Bhosale’s wife and family for supporting his selfless work! He showed us how a simple act of care can change the lives of those who need it. With his unrelenting spirit, Bhosale worked day and night during the pandemic, and like many other doctors and healthcare workers, left us too soon. I wish Mrs. Bhosale all the strength in the world to make Mr Bhosale’s dream a reality and keep his care alive among the little children of Latur.”

The National Film Award winning actor has acted in many female-led films, paving the path for change in not just the entertainment but also related industries with her bold voice. She supports the well-being message of staying at home and staying safe.

Speaking to us, Vidya advocates for Indians to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus so that we can all do our bit to reduce the burden on our healthcare systems and workers.

To support the selfless, unflinching, and challenging work by doctors and healthcare workers during this pandemic, Vidya said, “I trust the vaccines made in India, and urge everyone to maintain social distance and wash their hands regularly. I hope our country gets vaccinated soon and we are able to fight this virus with zeal!”

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Esha Deol into a new venture

“Overwhelmed to share with you all that under the banner of Bharat Esha Films (BEF) we are launching our first film as producers — Ek Duaa,” Esha wrote on Instagram…reports Asian Lite News.

Actress Esha Deol Takhtani is stepping into a new venture. She on Monday announced Bharat Esha Films, a production house she has launched with husband Bharat Takhtani.

The first film to be backed by this production house is “Ek Duaa” directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who earlier directed the actress in the short film “Cakewalk”. The film stars Esha in the lead.

“Overwhelmed to share with you all that under the banner of Bharat Esha Films (BEF) we are launching our first film as producers — Ek Duaa,” Esha wrote on Instagram.

Revealing what encouraged her to turn producer for the film, the actress said: “When I was approached with ‘Ek Duaa’ as an actress, I felt a deeper connect with the script. I just knew I had to support the film, the cause, and would want to be associated with it as a producer, too. It opened the doors for Bharat and me to start another innings as partners.”

“Directed by @ramkamalmukherjee Co produced by @venkysuttarafoods @venkyschicken @bharattakhtani3 @amppvtltd Coming soon on @vootselect! #BharatEshaFilms #BEF #EkDuaa,” Esha added on social media.

Journalist turned author-filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee also shared the news in a Facebook post. He wrote: “Jai Jagganath. On this auspicious day, I take immense pleasure and pride in wishing my dearest couple Esha Deol Takhtani and Bharat Takhtani for turning producer with #BharatEshaFilms. This is a very special moment for me because of Esha, who believed in me as a filmmaker since day one. We are happy to announce our first collaboration with BEF for Hindi film #EkDuaa starring Esha Deol Takhtani as main lead. The film is directed by yours truly, to be exclusively premeired on Voot Select. This film is very close to our heart, and hope it will win your hearts too!”

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Sonali never allowed illness to define her

As the world celebrates Cancer Survivors Day on June 6, the actress said that she won’t let the illness ever define her…reports Asian Lite News.

Cancer is the worst enemy that may destroy people in all ways. Actress Sonali Bendre took to Instagram on Sunday to share a picture of herself during the time she was battling cancer.

As the world celebrates Cancer Survivors Day on June 6, the actress said that she won’t let the illness ever define her.

Sonali was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2018 and was treated for it in New York. She battled the illness and emerged victorious eventually.

The actress put up a picture of herself from days in hospital and merged it with her current, happy self.

She captioned the image as: “How time flies. Today when I look back, I see strength, I see weakness but most importantly I see the will to not let the C word define how my life will be after it…

You create the life you choose. The journey is what you make of it… so remember to take #OneDayAtATime and to #SwitchOnTheSunshine.”

The actress has spoken earlier on how her positive approach during the struggle helped her overcome the illness.

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Shahana speaks on ‘natural balance of roles’

When it comes to my character in ‘The Last Hour’, where I play an investigating police officer, it was about the contribution of the character in the narrative…Shahana speaks with Arunduti Banerjee.

Shahana Goswami is a familiar face to most of us, as she started her career in childhood. When omes to my character in ‘The Last Hour’, where I play an investigating police officer, it was about the contribution of the character in the narrative…Shahana speaks with Arunduti Banerjee.

Actress Shahana Goswami feels web shows have ushered better quality of writing, which in turn creates scope for actors like her to prove their versatility.

In her latest show “The Last Hour”, Shahana plays a police officer who, along with another male counterpart, sets out to unravel a murder mystery. Did she feel she was a strong female character in the otherwise male-dominated world of the story?

“I think when something is well written, there’s a natural balance about the portrayal of each character in it. When I am saying balance, it means we do not need to highlight a character only because he is a male or a female character but giving substantial space for each of them. When it comes to my character in ‘The Last Hour’, where I play an investigating police officer, it was about the contribution of the character in the narrative. So, no, I did not feel like I am one of the strong females in the men’s world,” Shahana told.

Starting her film career in 2006, Shahana has mostly made her mark in indie films like “Firaaq”, “Mirch”, “Midnight’s Children”, “Tu Hai Mera Sunday” and “Gali Guliyan”, and has also featured in mainstream Bollywood entertainers such as “Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.”, “Rock On!!” and “Break Ke Baad”.

The actress has also featured in web series such as “A Suitable Boy” and “Bombay Begums”, where the stories revolved around women. She emphasises on how the web series as a format has opened the door for actors of all ages that was not the scene in films.

“Since writing has taken centre-stage in web shows, every actor is coming by virtue of merit. Since the number of shows and web films has increased, it’s not just a few known faces that you see in these shows.

Shahana Goswami (IANS)

I think it is quite a fair ground to play for actors, I do not think it is competitive. Rather, the web space is actually celebrating talent. All that is possible because of good writing that focuses on storytelling instead of the pressure that a film has — as in within two hours we have to give everything to our audience,” she said.

“Here, people will watch it araam se (at leisure). A show can be watched after 15 days or a month of release and feedback of our work can start pouring based on word of mouth, not within the first weekend. I think that is why for us this is the newfound space to explore and celebrate talent,” explained Shahana.

“The Last Hour”, also featuring Sanjay Kapoor, streams on Amazon Prime Video.

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Elli speaks on ‘India lessons’

The actress is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, and says that her experiences in India have contributed to shaping her personality in a big way…reports Asian Lite News.

Bollywood is a dream for many youngsters. Actress Elli AvrRam, who moved to India at a young age to pursue her dream of becoming a Bollywood actress, says that her stay here has taught her a lot.

The actress is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, and says that her experiences in India have contributed to shaping her personality in a big way.

“The struggle have truly been worth it, I’m so proud of myself for taking the step and leap of faith, to move to India at a young age, because it has truly shaped me into a person that has so many more perspectives and understandings about life and it’s different situations. I’ve learnt so much living in India, and I feel blessed about it,” she told.

Meanwhile, the actress, who has been seen in films such as “Malang” and “Mickey Virus”, says that she is glad about the way her career has shaped up.

“In regards to my place in Bollywood, I have not only the filmmakers who have believed in me, to thank, but also the Indian audience who accepted, appreciated and supported me and keeps doing it. Without their love I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she says.

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Rasika relies on her instincts on picking roles

She says that a lot of male writers tend to make the women in their stories very nice.

Rasika is an actress who got many opportunities in the OTT trend. Rasika has always been known for essaying strong characters. However, she says that there was a time when she got bored of playing the same roles.

The actress adds that sometime back she was only offered roles of women who were “morally upright” and she never found them to be very realistic.

“For the longest time, I felt that the kind of roles that I was being offered were morally upright. You don’t usually see that in life,” she told.

She says that a lot of male writers tend to make the women in their stories very nice.

“A lot of men writing women characters do this disservice. They make the characters very nice. I was a tad bored with it. I was missing complexity. But then, I got several roles that were were different. I am totally enjoying this phase,” she says.

Rasika adds that she has never tried to find out why she has been accepted or rejected for a role.

“Why you are or are not approached is something I don’t know about. I am happy to be oblivious to this. If I find out why someone takes or rejects an actor, I will quit this career. I would rather be oblivious and delusional rather than sit and worry what people think,” she says.

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She adds that she heavily relies on her instincts while choosing roles.

“I approach every role instinctively and I don’t believe in labelling a role as strong or weak. I am uncomfortable with that as that’s not how I saw it. I saw it with moments of weakness and strength,”A she says.

The actress has been seen in series such as “Out of Love”, “Delhi Crime” and “Mirzapur”. She has also been part of movies such as “Lootcase”, “Tu Hai Mera Sunday” and “Hamid”.

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