NEW DEHLI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas hosted an extravagant concert Sunday for their star-studded wedding guests as the couple tied the knot at a lavish Indian palace.
Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in the western city of Jodhpur.
The multi-day festivities – dubbed India’s “wedding of the year” — continued into the night with a Hindu ritual for the superstar couple, who exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony Saturday night.
Chopra said the colorful “sangeet” performance, which featured ornate set changes and dozens of performers, started as a “fierce song and dance competition” between their musical families.
“And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love,” she posted on Instagram Sunday.
They were married in India’s fabled “Blue City” with famous guests including Jonas’s brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee, British actress and “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner.
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren said the label had also been involved in the event’s styling. “Ralph Lauren is honored to have dressed the couple as well as the members of their wedding party,” the designer posted on Twitter on Saturday.
The couple got engaged in August, sharing photos on social media showing them performing a prayer ritual in traditional Indian garb.
The wedding celebrations commenced with a traditional Indian “mehndi” ceremony, with Chopra’s arms and legs painted with henna dyes. The bride wore vibrant Indian colors while Jonas was dressed in an embroidered kurta, an elaborate tunic.
That ceremony was capped off with a vibrant fireworks show over the city of Jodhpur – attracting some criticism online as Chopra is a vocal advocate for improving India’s atrocious air pollution.
Chopra – who won the Miss World pageant in 2000 — is one of Bollywood’s most identifiable stars and one of the few to have achieved success in the West. She starred in the ABC thriller series “Quantico” and has released songs with US chart-toppers including Pitbull and The Chainsmokers.
Jonas first found success as a child star, as the frontman of The Jonas Brothers with his two siblings. The brothers hailed from a deeply devout Christian family and presented a wholesome image, including wearing purity rings to promote chastity. In recent years, however, Jonas revamped his image as well as turning to acting.
UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador
UNITED NATIONS: Emmy-Nominated British actress Millie Bobby Brown was Tuesday named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to mark World’s Children Day.
At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest person to ever take on the role. The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying, and poverty.
“It’s a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” Ms. Brown in a statement marking the Day. “It’s a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out
on their behalf.”
World Children’s Day is commemorated annually as a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness and funds for millions of children lacking basic resources and services.
To show solidarity for the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, UNICEF is asking supporters to “turn the world blue,” by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, or on social media.
Ms. Brown kick-started the action in a short video last week, encouraging supporters to #GoBlue to defend and promote children’s rights.
Around the world, notable leaders in entertainment, government, sports, and business are having children “take over” their professional roles to highlight issues that interest them.
Children are assuming seats at parliaments in Montenegro, Peru, Tonga, Suriname, Zambia, and others. In Brussels, the youth will take over the European Parliament, and five more UNICEF Youth Ambassadors are being appointed across the globe.
UN child rights experts reminded the international community of the challenges youth face around the globe and called the UN Member States to scale up efforts in their defense.
“Millions of vulnerable children continue to be left behind, including child victims of violence, conflict and sexual exploitation, migrant refugee and asylum-seeking children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, and children belonging to indigenous and minority groups,” the experts said on Tuesday.
“The best way to leave no child behind is to put children first to ensure that no child grows up in a world of fear, violence, and hopelessness.”
UNICEF is calling on activists and supporters to sign its global petition, urging world leaders to demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge these rights as non-negotiable.
Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar welcomed in Pk.
LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan today said the current visit of noted Indian poet Javed Akhtar along with his film star wife Shabana Azmi to Pakistan would open new doors of peace for Pak-India relationships.
In a meeting with Indian celebrity couple here on Friday, he said: “Pakistanis are the most peaceful and loving people and Pakistan, indeed, has fought on front-line in the war against terrorism”.
Chohan said that both neighboring countries should work together in the areas of art to promote harmony and peace in the region.
On this occasion, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar said that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan.
“We will never forget the love and respect which we get during the visit”, they added.
IHC turns down plea seeking ban on Donkey King release!
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday dismissed the maintainability of a petition seeking a ban on the release of the film ‘The Donkey King’.
IHC judge Justice Aamer Farooq announced its judgment that was earlier reserved after an initial hearing on the petition.
The petitioner had sought a ban on the animated film and stated that it was ‘humiliating’ towards the Raja caste. At first, the IHC reserved its verdict on whether the petition is maintainable or not and then dismissed it.