Priyanka Chopra to launch wedding reality show starring singing, dancing couples

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are executive producing a new series on Amazon Prime. AFP
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Updated 14 December 2019

Priyanka Chopra to launch wedding reality show starring singing, dancing couples

  • The Bollywood star has just revealed that she and her husband Nick Jonas will be executive producing a new web series on Amazon Prime
  • The currently-untitled, unscripted show will follow engaged couples as they prepare for their sangeet

DUBAI: Shortly after Priyanka Chopra launched her latest digital venture, an original YouTube show entitled “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing,” that features a series of high-profile guests, the Bollywood star has just revealed that she and her husband Nick Jonas will be executive producing a new web series on Amazon Prime.

The currently-untitled, unscripted show will follow engaged couples as they prepare for their sangeet, an Indian ceremony that takes place before the wedding and involves choreographed traditional dancing and music that tells the story of the bride and groom. 

“At our wedding, both of our families came together to perform a sangeet. A performance (dance-off competition style) that celebrated our love story, one of the most unforgettable moments from a very special time in our lives,” wrote Chopra on Instagram.

“Nick Jonas and I are excited to announce a new, currently untitled project (we’re still working on it!!) that celebrates the love and magic that comes from friends and family that join together through music and dance the night before a wedding. It’s our #SangeetProject. Happy one year anniversary baby. It’s our first together We want to share this amazing experience with couples set to be wed,” she continued.

The couple, who got married at a multi-day Indian wedding in a palace in Jaipur last year, are currently casting engaged couples online to appear in the unscripted show.

“If you're engaged to be married in the spring or summer next year (2020), we want to be part of the celebration and help you make it even more spectacular,” she wrote. 

Each episode of the series will follow an engaged couple, along with their wedding party, family and friends in the days leading up to their wedding. There will be a team of celebrity choreographers, stylists and creative directors to help them prepare for the pre-wedding celebration. 

Those who wish to be a part of the new documentary-style show, which will begin filming in 2020, can sign up online at www.castingengagedcouples.castingcrane.com.


‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

Updated 04 July 2020

‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

CHENNAI: Cinema sometimes looks to go back to its roots. Some years ago, European auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and others introduced “Dogme 95” as a new form of moviemaking, which meant using no props, no artificial lighting and no makeup. It did not last long. However, Thomas Kail’s “Hamilton” — released to coincide with the Fourth of July and streaming on Disney Plus — is another experiment that reminded me of the very early days of motion pictures when some directors in India captured a stage play with a static camera and then screened it in remote regions, where it was not feasible to cart the entire cast.

Kail used six cameras to shoot what was originally a theatrical production. Over two nights in 2016, he filmed the play with most of the actors, including Tony Award winners, who were in the stage version. Every attempt has been made to make it look cinematic, with impeccable camerawork and editing. There is a bonus here. The movie enables you to be a front-bencher at Richard Rogers’ stage production. This closeness that allows you to see clearly the expressions of the actors establishes an intimacy between the audience and the cast.

Inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton, the 160-minute show makes a fabulous musical. The release of the film with its intentionally diverse cast comes at a critical time when race relations in the USA have hit the rock bottom. When Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr) sings that he wants to be in “the room where it happens”, the lyrics are sung by a black man.

Alexander Hamilton (played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also the creator of the piece) is the least well known of the American founding fathers. An immigrant and orphan, he was George Washington’s right-hand man. Credited as being responsible for setting up the country’s banking system, Hamilton was killed in a duel by Burr.

The musical is inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. Courtesy of Disney

The story is narrated through hip-hop beats. Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs) sings his speech to Congression, and the debates he has with Alexander Hamilton are verbalized through lyrics. Hamilton also has a lot to say about America’s immigrant past. In one scene French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette tells Alexander, “Immigrants, we get the job done!”

Performances are top notch. Miranda is superb, and evokes an immediate connection between the film and the viewer. King George III is brilliantly portrayed by Jonathan Groff, and Hamilton’s wife, Eliza (Philippa Soo), is an endearing presence who has a calming effect on her often ruffled and troubled husband.

“Hamilton” is a great, if subjective, account of early American political history for those not familiar with that period. It must be said, however, the musical makes a long movie, which might be a trifle tiring for those not used to this format.