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Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

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Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

Dhaka, May 24  Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra, who is on a field visit here, has been meeting women and children at the Rohingya refugee camps. Their stories remind her of the dichotomy of life, and she pondered upon how women find their ‘house of peace’ in the harsh conditions.

Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

During the visit, Priyanka measured nutritional value for babies. She said the need for proper health and nutrition takes centrestage for the people here.

Priyanka on Wednesday night took to her Instagram stories. She was seen measuring a baby’s MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level.

She later uploaded several photographs and videos.

“This is little Shohida (8-months-old), who stole my heart with her infectious smile. It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life…here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19 years old at the time) walked for 15 days, while 6 months pregnant with her, to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world.

“When you are dealing with a mass exodus of thousands of people, who have been displaced from their homes and are desperate for refuge, the need for proper health and nutrition takes centre stage, especially for women and children,” she wrote alongside the photographs.

Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

The actress said she pointed at solutions that Unicef and their partners develop to deal with the most dire and pressing situations and issues.

“It all begins with the MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level. From there, aids create a program for the child and a nutrient rich, ready-to-eat peanut paste is portioned out for each child based on the severity of malnutrition,” she said.

Priyanka said that at the nutrition centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar, mothers are also taught basic hygiene and good health practices.

The National Award-winning actress also visited a “women friendly space” at the camp, and said she was instantly struck by a certain calmness.

“These camps are loud and crowded, actually overcrowded, and so to find a quiet oasis, in this case a small hut with a tarp roof and thatched bamboo walls, is surprising. But for the girls in this camp, this is what they call their ‘house of peace’,” Priyanka wrote.

She described it as a place to interact with friends, seek counselling, learn about hygiene, or learn life skills like art and music.

Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

“There are approx 50 women-friendly Spaces in the camps, just like this one, that on any given day see 50-70 Rohingya girls seeking these safe havens. The centers open at 9 a.m., but there is seldom a day when the women are not lined up early, waiting for the doors to open,” she added.

Priyanka says even if their lives are safer at the camps, the girls are “still struggling”.

“They know that with an education they can get a job and create better lives for their family, like buying protein for their meals, and clean drinking water. It’s literally as basic as that,” she added.

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Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

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Bangkok, June 25 Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers
“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums.

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Ranveer’s mohawk moment draws Bollywood’s attention

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Mumbai, A throwback image of Bollywood star Ranveer Singh sporting a funky mohawk hairdo during his childhood, elicited various emotions among his celebrity friends, with Deepika Padukone expressing disbelief with a big “Noooooooo”.

On Sunday, Ranveer, known for his one-of-a-kind and quirky style sense, uploaded the photograph on Instagram, writing: “Avant Garde Since 1985.”

While Deepika reacted to the photograph by writing “Noooooooo” along with three see-no-evil monkey emojis, veteran actor Anil Kapoor found his look daring.

“I told you at that party when I first saw this look, and I’ll tell you now… You will go far and roar, Tiger. The roaring has just begun! #DaringSince1985,” Anil wrote to Ranveer, who played his on-screen son in “Dil Dhadakne Do”.

Ranveer’s “Padmaavat” co-star Aditi Rao Hydari found his look epic, while actress Diana Penty found it amusing.Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan poked fun at Ranveer saying the photo gives a hint of how much of a troublemaker he would have been as a youngster.

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana compared Ranveer’s mohawk look with that of Gulshan Grover in the movie “Vishwatma”, and Arjun Kapoor was reminded of actor and wrestler Mr T’s iconic mohawk.

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Auctioning Filmfare trophy was an instinctive thought: Vijay Devarakonda

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Mumbai, Telugu film actor Vijay Devarakonda, who has plans to auction the Filmfare Awards trophy that he won for his work in “Arjun Reddy” earlier this month, says it was an instinctive idea to do something good for the people of Andhra Pradesh.

Vijay is never short of ideas on how to extend the boundaries of his stardom. On his birthday, Vijay had came up with the clever idea of distributing ice cream to all his fans and well wishers all over Hyderabad. And now, it’s an auction of his award to contribute to the Chief Minister’s relief fund.

“Why did I do it? Why have I decided to auction my trophy? There’s no major thought going behind it. Nor did I plot and plan before doing it. It was just an instinctive thought, ‘Why not use this wonderful opportunity to do good for the people of Andhra Pradesh?’

“I acted spontaneously… Just as I acted when I decided to take a fan along to the Filmfare Awards with me. I just wanted to make it more memorable for me. Instead of the trophy just lying on my shelf, I thought its life will be longer and also mean more if I could auction is for a cause I believe in. It’s also a nice story to tell my grandkids someday.” Vijay said.

The video of Vijay and his fan Prashant twinning in identical suits at the Filmfare Awards went viral.Auctioning the award trophy was not the only thought that occurred to Vijay when he received the award.

“I wanted to dedicate my award to my ‘Arjun Reddy’ director Sandeep Vanga who made it possible for me to get into this character. The role had been offered to many other far more successful actors, and rejected. That it came finally came to me is my good fortune.”

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