When a 17 year old girl won the Miss World Pageant in the year 2000, the whole world was left spellbound. How it was possible that a girl so young could reach the top without any grooming or training and achieve such incredible success, was a fact not many could understand. Priyanka Chopra, also known as PeeCee, is a self made woman who has time and time again proven to the world that it is not things like connections or having a strong man behind you that make you successful, but who you are and what the world sees you as that makes you great. As the gorgeous lady is all set to tie the knot with American heartthrob and singer, Nick Jonas, here’s looking at all the times PeeCee proved us her worth.
1. Her choice of movies
From Aitraaz (2004) to Baywatch (2017,) PeeCee has done more number of unconventional roles than any other actress in the industry. All her characters have a strong sense of self, a trait which is loud and clear by the way Priyanka Chopra acted in these movies. In fact, even in her lighter movies (Dostana and Dil Dhadakne Do,) Chopra made sure she made a strong point through her character. In fact, it is fair to say the lady has picked movies that appeal not only to a large target audience, but to the emotional side of people as well.
2. Her stance on being true to yourself
Time and time again, Priyanka Chopra has said things that show how true she is to herself as a woman first and then, an actress. From buying her own diamonds, to breaking the glass ceiling, PeeCee’s goals are set quite high in life. So true is this that when PeeCee was asked where she saw herself ten years ago, her answer was simple and to the point: “To global domination.” Well, with her fingers dipped into the delicious cookie jar of Hollywood, it is safe to say this prophecy might very well come true.
3. When she told us to listen to our heart
The first time PeeCee surprised the world was when she played a negative role in a film like Aitraaz, despite being a new face in the industry. It was the success of this film that reinforced PeeCee’s policy of listening to your heart. Recently, her mother said PeeCee was so confident about who she was as a person, that she lost more than ten films just because she didn’t like the way she felt about them.
4. Learn to be you
A true risk taker right from the very beginning, Priyanka Chopra taught us taking risks is not a bad thing at all. From playing negative roles at the very beginning of her career to taking up roles that broke stereotypes, PeeCee has always done what she thought worked for her, showing everyone around there was power in taking risks and being true to yourself!
5. Be strong and bold
Whether it is the things she says, the people she dates (now marrying soon,) the clothes she wears or the movies she picks, everything about Priyanka Chopra makes a statement. She is here, she is now and she is more than ready to voice her opinion when needed. In Bollywood, when one is constantly watched, judged and ridiculed for their public statements, this trait is quite a unique one.
From being one of the most vocal actresses in the industry and side stepping the double edged sword of nepotism, PeeCee has shown everyone the importance of living life on your own terms. If you think we missed we missed out any other lessons from Priyanka Chopra, comment and let us know!
Sushmita Sen: Here’s Wishing The Gorgeous Lady A Happy Birthday
Sushmita Sen, a role model to many and a supermom to her children, turns a day older today and even at 43, she is one of the most beautiful women in the industry! Sushmita Sen, who was last seen in Nirbaak (2015,) has some truly brilliant movies to her name. On the occasion of her birthday, here’s taking a look at some of the most amazing performances the gorgeous lady has done in the past!
Directed by Kalpana Lajmi and based on Bhupen Hazarika’s novel The Prostitute and the Postman, Chingari was a memorable film. Remembered for the direction and the narrative style, Sushmita Sen’s performance as an exploited and abused sex worker was extremely memorable. What made this film so heart wrenching and true was the effective portrayal of how a man in a religious position can take advantage of people (especially women,) without being held accountable for his actions.
2. Biwi No.1
Directed by David Dhawan, Biwi No. 1 showed Sushmita Sen in a completely different light. A contrast to her role in Chingari, this particular film saw Sen playing the role of a supermodel! What made this movie stick so well with the audience was that people got to see a completely different side of Sen as compared to her previous films. Also featuring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan and Karishma Kapoor in key roles, Biwi No.1 did really well at the box office and went so far as to help Sushmita Sen win the Filmfare Award for her brilliant performance.
An action thriller loosely based on Morgan Freeman’s Seven, Samay was one of the finest thriller films Bollywood saw. What makes this movie so much more special was that unlike the other romantic thrillers releasing around the time, there were no romantic tracks in this film. Furthermore, Sen completely stole the show by being the only lead! Things like this were a rarity in the industry and Sen created a wave of change in the industry.
4. Sirf Tum
Sirf Tum was one of the first films which gave Sushmita Sen major commercial success at the box office. A romantic drama at its roots, this movie saw Sen play the female lead to perfection. A remake of Ajith Kumar’s blockbuster of a movie, Kadhal Kottai, this Boney Kapoor production was one of the biggest box office successes when it released. With Sanjay Kumar and Salman Khan playing the male leads, Sen’s performance was so good, she was nominated for a Filmfare Award as well!
Another milestone in Sushmita Sen’s illustrious career, Filhaal saw Sen play an important role in a film which centered around the issue of surrogacy. Even though the movie had Tabu playing the other female lead, it didn’t stop Sen from shining bright like a diamond! Although this particular movie earned a lot of critical acclaim, its box office success was quite limited.
Through the years, Sushmita Sen has proved time and time again that she is one of the best actresses in the industry. As the lady grows a year older and wiser today, here’s wishing her a very happy birthday and continued success in the world of films!
Highest Paid Bollywood Brand Ambassadors
While Bollywood celebrities are in a league of their own when it comes to the movies they do, it is the brands they endorse which put them on the map. From Aamir Khan to Deepika Padukone, the stars of Bollywood are not only a part of some really great movies, but also endorse some of the best brands. Here’s how much these celebrities charge for the brands they promote.
1. Aamir Khan
Just like the movies he acts in, Aamir Khan is very picky with the kind of brands he endorses. From Titan to Coca Cola to Samsung, this particular Khan has done it all. However, it is his deal with Snapdeal that is the most expensive one to date. According to the rumour mill, Aamir Khan is paid close to Rs. 30 crores for his ads, making him the most expensive brand ambassador in the industry!
2. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is definitely a man who loves being a brand ambassador. With a roster of really great list of brands under his belt, King Khan has worked with brands like Frooti, Dish TV and Emami. In fact, King Khan has said it himself that he loves selling brands and there is nothing better. Perhaps this why he made Rs. 20 crores by endorsing a paan masala brand?
3. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is the brand ambassador of some really well known brands. Promoting a wide range of brands (Relaxo, Revital, Suzuki and Yatra.com,) Salman Khan has always made his presence felt. So good is his brand value that when Thums Up signed him as their brand ambassador, they gave him a whopping Rs. 18 crores!
4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan
The Bachchans are royalty and this is perhaps why they charge quite a massive amount for the brands they endorse. While the individual brand value of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai stood at a massive amount, their worth doubled when they got married. This fact was more than proven when TTK Prestige signed the gorgeous couple for a massive Rs. 30 crores!
5. Ranbir Kapoor
Another star hailing from one of the founding families of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor is also on the list of the highest paid brand ambassadors. According to the ever churning rumour mill, this particular Kapoor was paid between Rs. 25 crores and Rs. 30 crores for endorsing a chips’ brand. Definitely worth staying on this list, right?
6. Deepika Padukone
One of the highest paid celebrities in the industry, Deepika Padukone is the woman of the hour. Working with some really great brands like Axis Bank, Kellogg’s and Tanishq, Deepika Padukone gives tough competition to her peers. Not only is she the highest paid actress in the industry, she is also one of the most sought after celebrities by various brands. According to reports, the actress charges Rs. 8 crores for a 3 days’ shoot!
When celebrities endorse a brand, it reinforces the image of the said brand. If you think we missed out on any other celebrities who should be included in this list, comment and let us know!
Watch These Movies With Your Children Today!
While a lot of Bollywood films are considered children friendly, there are not a lot made specifically for children. On a day like today, that celebrates children and the inner child in you, it is but fair to take a look at some truly beautiful movies made about and for children.
1. Stanley Ka Dabba
Amole Gupte debuted as a director with this amazing children centered film and boy, did he make a splash! Bringing together a beautiful story of school and lunch boxes, Stanley Ka Dabba was exactly the kind of movie needed to be made for people to revisit their childhood in all its glory. However, despite all the happy memories, the film has a subtle message to it and one really has to pay attention to the movie to understand the underlying point.
2. Raju Chacha
An Anil Devgn directorial, Raju Chacha had Ajay Devgn and Kajol playing the lead roles. Narrating the story of three kids who are trapped by a villain trying to steal their property after the death of their father, this movie was a keeper for the ages. A perfect medley of nostalgia, drama, suspense and thrill, Raju Chacha was a treat for sore eyes.
3. King Uncle
Directed by Rakesh Roshan, this movie talks about what happens when you let your guard down. Revolving around the story of a strict and controlling man (played by Jackie Shroff,) King Uncle shows how all one needs is a child to let go off all the things holding you back. A coming of age story, this Rakesh Roshan movie still gives one major family goals even though you have watched it multiple times.
4. Mr. India
Directed by Shekhar Kapur, Mr. India is perhaps extremely relevant even now. With clearly thought out villains, ghosts and superheroes, Mr. India was the perfect combination of fun, laughter, drama, tragedy and sadness. While all the characters played their parts brilliantly, the film would not be the success it was had it not been for the beautiful story line. If you are feeling particularly nostalgic about your childhood, watch the movie today!
5. Chachi 420
Directed by Kamal Haasan, Chachi 420 was an adaptation of the Hollywood super hit, Mrs. Doubtfire. Based on the story of a father going above and beyond to make things right with his daughter, Chachi 420 was one of the most heartwarming films made about the relationship between a father and his daughter. You know what to watch to take you down memory lane today!
6. Koi Mil Gaya
Another Rakesh Roshan directorial, Koi Mil Gaya was all about how you can excel if you have a protective hand making sure you are okay. Loosely drawing inspiration from Hollywood movies like ET, Koi Mil Gaya showed the beauty of acceptance and how one grows through adversities. Definitely a must watch film on a day like today!
7. Taare Zameen Par
Another film about accepting children despite their shortcomings and pitfalls, Taare Zameen Par was about accepting your child with both the negatives and the positives. This movie was Aamir Khan’s debut as a director and not many can bring to life a story like this with just the right amount of emotions and intensity. With a wonderful message at the end, Taare Zameen Par needed to be made and told with a loud and clear message. As parents, you should do all you can in your power to help your child grow, even if the child has problems you do not understand.
Here’s wishing all of you a very happy Children’s Day and if you have other movies you would like us to watch today, comment and let us know!
Wishing Juhi Chawla A Very Happy Birthday Through Her Songs
Juhi Chawla, the original Bubbly Girl of Bollywood, turns a year older and wiser and is now, more beautiful than she ever was. As the lady who made her grand Bollywood debut opposite none other than Aamir Khan, the Chocolate Boy of the country at that point, not many thought she would last long. However, through the years, the actress has time and time again proved she is not just a pretty face, but a true force of nature. Here’s celebrating the beautiful lady’s roles through the years by listening to some of her really famous songs.
1. Aye Mere Hamsfar from Qayamat Se Quayamat Tak (1988)
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was to the ’80s what Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was to the ’90s. Defining love and giving major goals to the people in their teens, this movie brought Juhi Chawla’s innocence to the screen in all its glory. A musical hit in every way possible, Aye Mere Humsafar was perhaps the most iconic song Juhi Chawla performed in, making a statement so strong, she made the Bollywood world sit up and take notice. Listen to the song here.
2. Ghoonghat Ki Aad Se Dilbar Ka from Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993)
Another Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla classic, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke was one of those iconic Bollywood movies that is now forever etched in the sands of time. What makes this film so much more memorable was because of Juhi Chawla’s brilliant performance. Not only that, the song Ghoonghat Ki Aad Se Dilbar Ka also had one of the best dance moves Chawla made during that period of her career. If you still have not listened to this masterpiece of a song even after all these years, you are definitely missing out.
3. Likha Hai Ye from Darr
Darr had everything coming together for a perfectly entertaining package. With tantalizing music, a script that kept one hooked to the very end and a cast that was spellbinding, to say the least, Chawla’s Darr was just sheer brilliance. To top it all, the fact it was a Yash Chopra film was just the perfect cherry on top of an already delicious cake. Further, the lyrics of this particular song are so captivating, one just can’t help but fall in love with the song. For those not in the know, here’s the song!
4. Ishq Hua from Ishq
That Aamir Khan’s and Juhi Chawla’s chemistry is amazing is an undeniable fact. To prove just this, their film Ishq was just the much needed balm on a hot day. Remember the magic created by these two brilliant actors in all their previous films? It was brought back to life in Ishq. What’s more, Ishq Hua was the track clinching everything together in a beautiful bundle.
For a long time, people loved watching Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla on the big screen together. However, through the years, the actress grew to make room for another Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) next to her. Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani could be described as one of the best movies Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla worked on together. In fact, the title song of this film is so famous, people groove to its beats even after all these years! You know you have to listen to it here.
The Charm Of Bollywood Movies From The 70s And The 80s
The seventies and the eighties of Bollywood were perhaps some of the most influential decades of Indian cinema. While the seventies were said to have propelled the Angry Young Man (Amitabh Bachchan) and Rishi Kapoor into the forefront, the eighties of Bollywood were quite a contrast. Perhaps what makes these two decades so great is that the films made here were neither too old to forget, nor too young to ignore. Here’s taking a look at some movies which made the ’70s and ’80s truly glorious.
1. Anand (1971)
A film described as one of the best performances by Rajesh Khanna, Anand was a Hrishikesh Mukherjee masterpiece. Playing the role of a man who knows how to have a laugh despite everything going wrong, Rajesh Khanna managed to keep the audience captivated with his antics. What made Anand such an endearing film was that through all the darkness, Rajesh Khanna’s character was filled with light, love and laughter. Even now, almost thirty five years after its release, this movie is still a masterpiece!
2. Zanjeer (1973)
While the beginning of the ’70s were described as the Golden Era of Rajesh Khanna’s career, 1973 was the point that saw the emergence of another major star, Amitabh Bachchan. Big B was picked as the lead for Zanjeer after actors like Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand turned down the role of a stern faced cop (Vijay.) The character which was such a hit, it became the foundation for the other movies. In fact, this character sat so well with the audience, it was one of the most sought after characters for most of the other movies released in that decade. Not only did Zanjeer see the birth of the Angry Young Man, it also saw a shift in the kind of lead roles one saw in movies. An iconic movie for sure, Zanjeer was perhaps one of the best movies from the ’70s.
3. Deewar (1975)
Although Zanjeer was said to have put the Angry Young Man on the map of brilliant movies, it was Yash Chopra’s Deewar that really established Big B’s presence in the world of Bollywood. Loosely based on Haji Mastan’s life, this film told the tale of two brothers (played by Big B and Shashi Kapoor) on the opposite sides of the world. With brilliant dialogues, a story of the ages and extremely heartwarming scenes, Deewar was perhaps one of the most iconic and memorable films of the ’70s. In fact, it can be labelled as one of the films which changed the cinematic landscape of Bollywood.
4. Sholay (1975)
1975 was a popular year. Not only did it see the emergence of another truly epic movie in the form of Sholay. Giving us some brilliant characters like Veeru, Basanti, Jai, Thakur and Gabbar Singh (also, one of the best dialogues in history: Kitne Aadmi Thhe?) Sholay was one of the best things that happened to Indian cinema. Criminals, a love story, cheeky one liners and epic fight scenes all came together in a seamless combination to form the King of all fight movies, Sholay! If you are reading this and still have not watched Sholay, then you are definitely missing out on an experience of a lifetime.
5. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
While Amar Akbar Anthony wasn’t the first ever lost and found movie or the first ever blockbuster, it could easily have been any one of them. A star studded film, a brilliant story line and music that was beautifully resonating with the times, this Manmohan Desai directorial had all the trappings of an exceptional movie. Satisfying till even after the rolling of the credits, Amar Akbar Anthony was a masterpiece in every sense of the word.
While the 70s were all about large films, beautiful stories and memorable melodies, the 80s were about revisiting the golden days of Indian history and for creating larger than life musicals.
6. Karz (1980)
Criticised by fans and critics alike, Karz was said to be way ahead of its time when it released. Touted to be one of the best musicals of its time, this Subhash Ghai directorial would have been an instant hit had it been made during present times. A heartwarming story and a tale resonating with days gone by, Karz was perhaps one of the major trendsetters of Indian cinema in the 1980s.
7. Umrao Jaan (1981)
A tribute to the courtesan filled era during the Mughal Raaj, Umrao Jaan was Muzaffar Ali’s tribute to a court dancer who had gifts like no one else at the time. With Rekha playing the role of this dancer, the film showed the circle of life and how even though you travel all over the world, you come back to where everything began. Bringing a wonderfully beautiful expression of pain, sorrow, music and the arts to the fore like never before, Umrao Jaan was made so well, it is relevant even in today’s times.
8. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
While the ’70s saw the emergence of Amitabh Bachchan, the ’80s saw the revival of Bollywood gems like Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro got together a brilliant ensemble cast, the creme of Bollywood. A brilliantly made satire that talked about everything wrong with India then and today, this film was a class apart in every possible. What makes this movie so great was that it was a happy accident, an unplanned super hit in every way imaginable. So great was its success that even after all these years, no director was able to remake the movie.
9. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
Popularly known for being the movie that changed Aamir Khan’s characterization in Indian cinema, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a beautiful story. One of the first attempts at an Indian version of Romeo and Juliet, this movie also brought to the fore the amazing chemistry between Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan. Taking the step forward from the trend of heartbreaking romance, the success of this movie gave Bollywood a formula the industry milked for years to come.
10. Parinda (1989)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra just had to end the ’80s with a bang and looking at the massive success that was Ardh Satya, he just had to make Parinda. Taking a chance with a theme like this was not easy and when he did take the chance, he redefined the crime genre in Bollywood. With a burning climax and a story which was gripping to the very end, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parinda was a film that paved the way for future history makers.
The ’70s and the ’80s showed the world that Bollywood was not just about dancing around trees and romancing under the bushes. The movies of these eras showed us the beauty of telling stories in a magical way, giving everyone memories like never before. If you think we missed out on any other movies from these glorious decades, comment and let us know!
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