PC-Nick Sangeet Video! Feels Like A Promo to Get You To Purchase the Full Wedding Video

I was having lunch with my parents today, which is why I am late posting this, and my Dad asked what was happening with “Priyanka and the Little Guy”.  I’m just sharing this with you so that, like me, you will now have that phrase indelibly burned into your mind any time you see PC-Nick coverage.

So, what is happening with Priyanka and the Little Guy?  PC just released on her instagram video of the sangeet.  And, it’s like professionally shot?  And edited together with background music and everything?  Who does that on instagram?

I’m not a social media person, but isn’t instagram stuff usually for your cell phone photos and videos?  I’m used to sangeet videos like this one from Sonam’s wedding, very fuzzy and short and fun.  I mean, this isn’t the sangeet, but it’s a similar idea, her friends coordinated a dance to surprise her.

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But then there’s PC’s video.  Which is not only professionally shot and edited, it comes along with a loooooooooooooong explanation of what a sangeet is and how we should react to the video.  Instead of, like, “OMG, so happy” and a million hashtags like I am used to:

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It all began as a fierce song & dance competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love.  Nick and I were looking forward to the Sangeet (musical evening), another pre wedding ritual.. and to see what each side had put together. And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. We were both filled with gratitude for the effort, the love and the laughter and will carry the memories of this special evening for the rest of our lives. It is an amazing start to a lifetime of togetherness for our families and friends…#grateful @nickjonas 📹/📷: @calebjordanlee @josevilla @josephradhik

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MKP in the comments suggested that it looked like an awards show, and she is so right.  Professionally choreographed performances with props and all, plus the audience reaction shots.  And this video in particular really really looks like the promo video for an awards show.  “Tonight at 10pm on StarTV only, the Priyanka-Nick Jonas WEDDING” would fit right in over the top of it.

That’s what’s the strangest part to me, what is the point of making a trailer version of the Sangeet?  Either you were there and saw it live, or you missed it (or it’s years later and you don’t remember it well any more) and want to watch the whole thing.  Why this like 30 second mood piece version?

Except for social media of course, to make us all go “oh wow, so cool!” without having to care enough about the couple to want to watch the whole several hour thing.  Or (and I really suspect this) it truly is a trailer and there will be a for-pay version made available to the general public at some point.

Now, I’ve never been to a real sangeet, but they aren’t usually quite this staged, right?  Like, on an actual stage with lights and special effects and the audience in rows of chairs?  For one thing, isn’t it slightly odd to have so many people in the audience versus actually participating?  But then, I could be missing something, especially since this is a big BIG wedding, not a small fun wedding.

 

Anyway, it’s WEIRD.  That’s my final decision.  Priyanka and her Little Guy had a weird weird Sangeet and made a weird weird trailer video for it and posted it on instagram with a weird weird message.

 

That’s what I think, what do you think about the Little Guy and PC?

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66 thoughts on “PC-Nick Sangeet Video! Feels Like A Promo to Get You To Purchase the Full Wedding Video

  1. I think this was very manufactured. She is acting a part. She may really love him; I certainly hope so. But this is for the media. She is in competition with Deepika. I do not know why she chose to go head to head with a beloved industry pair, but she did and this is what she had to do to make up for it. I am not a fan of hers but even I felt bad seeing how few people are actually there.

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    • But they must have known no one would be coming, right? Just making it a destination wedding would ensure that. So I’m not even feeling bad for her, because I don’t think she feels bad, I think this must have been what they knew would happen.

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      • I think she made it a destination so that she could explain why no one was there. She could not compete with Deepika and Ranveer.

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    • Nobody was at Deepika and Ranveer’s wedding either though. They also had a destination wedding. The industry is usually invited to the reception later. Anushka did the same.

      If PC’s afraid that the industry might not turn up, she won’t have a Mumbai reception. I tend to think most people are polite and would probably make a quick appearance. At both Anu and Deepika’s reception, there were many industry figures that don’t have a personal connection to them. I think people consider it a part of their job and show up out of good will. Unless PC has messed up relations so much that people wouldn’t care to be polite, which I guess is a possibility.

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      • I suspect it is also if they think they will get a good party. Everyone loves a wedding party, right? I don’t know if I would trust Nick and PC to throw a good wedding party, versus a wedding party sponsored by a Vodka brand etc. So yeah, maybe people would show up to make an appearance, and then take off as soon as possible.

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      • As far as I have read PC is have a Delhi reception which means it is not for the industry at all. I think its all been very deliberate and she has burned some very key bridges.

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  2. They look they are having a wonderful time! So I can’t get too snarky. But It is all so staged (literally) and that pretty much sums up PC for me. I never really thought about the merging of boy band cheesiness with Bollywood glamour before (why is there no Indian boy band? or is there one?), but this is definitely what it would look like!

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    • I don’t think there is an Indian boy band? But Armaan Malik is kind of hitting that same place, a cute teenage boy singing songs.

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  3. Everything about this is weird and I’m kind of obsessed with it because it is so crazy that everything has a corporate sponsorship and it’s so manufactured and yet THEY REALLY GOT MARRIED. That is some serious commitment to a dubious enterprise. A lot of people are betting she gets pregnant right away. If she does it will fully put me in my grave because please don’t drag a baby into this commercial enterprise.

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    • But then they can sell the rights to the baby shower video! And the first baby photos! And get paid off to put her in the right brand baby clothes, and do all those cute “Mommy and me” matching outfit photo shoots. PC would have to be made to leave that kind of money on the table.

      Also, this is a couple where his parents pushed him and his brother to be Disney stars as children, and her mother sent in her photo to the Miss India people. Their standards of “good parenting” may be different than ours.

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      • I was wondering if she’s planning a lifestyle brand like Jessica Alba’s Honest Company. This seems to position her for that, esp. if they start a family right away.

        Someone on another blog pointed out that PC could’ve easily landed a rich husband in India so why go for Nick? But I wonder if being married to Nick gives her more freedom to continue pursuing fame with a willing partner rather than someone back home who’d expect her to focus on the kids.

        Speaking of the parents, something that’s a bit poignant in the middle of all the artifice is apparently Nick’s father walked her down the aisle before performing the Christian ceremony because her dad isn’t alive to do it. I wonder if she felt a pang of anything at all in that moment.

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        • I was thinking reality TV show, but Lifestyle Brand might be a more stable income source. Or both combined, best of all.

          I’m not sure she could have landed a rich husband in India? She definitely couldn’t have landed the equivalent of Nick, moderately famous and willing to go along with her. And even landing someone rich and non-famous might not have been that much of a restriction, Lara Dutta and Shilpa both get to do stuff they want.

          Maybe it’s not so much “focus on the kids” as that it would be hard to find someone that accepting of making their private life public in India. Not to mention finding the media to care about it, even now a lot of the stuff they are putting out just isn’t being covered because the India media because they are more interested in a Taimur airport photo than some love video on PC’s instagram. It’s just a different kind of fame/media content relationship. And what PC is selling doesn’t work.

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      • Madhu Chopra is very much the Indian Kris Jenner. She likes attention just as much. She’s always giving interviews and getting her own share of attention through Priyanka which normally parents of celebrities don’t do.

        Nick’s parents are also stage parents and were involved in really weird stuff like making their kids wear purity rings to engage the pre-teen fanbase.

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  4. Priyanka has brought the fake PR relationship angle to Bollywood officially. Up to now, people’s family and friendship connections or fights were authentic in the Indian film industry. This is some other beast.

    I would love your comment on Vogue US announcing a January cover for Priyanka during her wedding. They are also putting out unbelievably trashy videos of her and Nick.

    Here’s a dance video with PC doing odd looking cheesy dance moves while Nick sings. The comments are full of hate.

    Another one where they play a couples game which looks rigged and utterly fake. I’ve never warmed up to her as an actress except for the occasional Barfi because the artifice just drips off her when she’s acting. It’s the exact thing visible in this game too.

    I don’t understand what’s happening. This is all so bizarre.

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    • It’s so odd!!!! Especially compared with DeepVeer at the exact same time which felt so “real”, a couple that had been together forever and a wedding that was full of famous people who were also close friends. And red carpet photos, but no professional video of the inside. Because that’s just STRANGE!!!

      Ultimately, no matter how famous they were, it seemed like the Indian celebs really did take marriage seriously, like a lifetime commitment with children and families blending together and all the rest of it. So the wedding couldn’t just be a show for the public, it had to have real meaning in it. Maybe this is the price for divorce being more common? Our first fake wedding?

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      • It’s all so weird. Vogue announces a cover while she’s literally getting married. Instead of normal pics that might leak out by guests, we get Vogue-produced unintentionally hilarious videos. Then Priyanka herself puts out a professional trailer that looks like a concert that’s going to air on TV. Vogue also put out an interview detailing their ‘love story’ which raises more questions than it asks especially if you line it up with the timelines she’s given in the past about her previous alleged relationships. Nothing makes any sense!

        Here’s the interview – https://www.vogue.com/article/priyanka-chopra-nick-jonas-interview

        Other oddities – Nick’s gold suit matched up to his gold necklace and gold watch. Who dresses like this? Priyanka has also started mispronouncing her own name now. I’ve noticed for a while but… so tacky.

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        • Maybe someone told him gold is auspicious in India and he went way way too far?

          Also, just read the interview, it is SO STRANGE. They have to bend over backward to sell the whole narrative, months of texts and one date, that no one can confirm. I mean, it could be true, but it could also be that they each had a whole group of other people they had similar relationships going with. And I really have a hard time with how much PC plays the race card.

          Oh, most interesting part to me! PC has a manager who is a venture capitalist and she is the only client. Yeah, that makes sense to me. Building sort of “Priyanka Chopra Industries” with complete focus.

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  5. Honestly this is so weird like, it’s nice that they’re married or whatever but every video/picture of them just feels…strange? like, if it’s PR, they know they should be in love so they’re determined to act it? but otherwise it feels like she’s competing w DP and wants to ‘prove’ how in love they are? and yeah that sangeet video just looks like an award show and i kind of think it’s because of how many American stars she’s invited? like, ‘oh, this is what we do in India sit and enjoy the performance!’. I do know that some people have said they prefer PCs wedding because at least she’s ‘bringing attention to India by getting married there’ instead of getting married abroad like DeepVeer lol.
    I think its just the picture overload that feels strange but that’s probably just cus i was so invested in DeepVeer for so long and they never really posted pics together until the wedding so it feels more genuine somehow? This all just feels like a big ad for something

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    • Really? People are saying PC-Nick are better just because they are getting married in India? That’s gross.

      PC and Nick both have such practiced instagram/selfie looking faces, it’s hard to take their photos seriously. At least for me. Maybe Ranveer and Dips are just better actors, but they feel more natural together.

      Now I’m distracted unpacking your Sangeet comment. So, if it’s like that because they’ve invited all these Americans who don’t know what is happening, then maybe they shouldn’t have had a Sangeet? Or they should have made it more fun and involved everyone somehow instead of just turning it into a show? I don’t know, the whole thing feels like another part of this wedding being designed more for how it will look to the people who aren’t there than to be enjoyable for the people who are there.

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      • She’s giving the American media the stereotypical India/Bollywood they might imagine complete with colorful costumes, dancing, royal palaces, and elephants. At this point I am only waiting for the snake charmers. Normal Indians do not have these kind of weddings, not even celebrities, as we saw from Sonam, Deepika and Anushka. This is carefully crafted for the Western audience to consume.

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          • Also Ralph Lauren and a vodka brand sponsorship. They’re not even embarrassed. It’s very blatantly done. Do they need money that badly? I kind of doubt it so why the desperation?

            I can’t understand what the ultimate aim would be from this? This kind of stuff is considered cheap and wouldn’t really land you a great acting career. Magazine covers, talk show invites and red carpet walks, yes. But lead roles in movies? No.

            Maybe they’re okay with going the Kardashian way and getting a reality show? You can become a personality instead of an actress. It would still earn well if the Kardashians are anything to go by. One of the Jonas Brother already had a reality show so they might be open to it.

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          • If fame is enough, I guess it makes sense. If the goal is to just stay famous one way or the other, not to make money necessarily or keep working or anything, then this will work. Big wedding, brand connections, and so on.

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          • Ironically, Priyanka’s income has decreased every year while her fame has increased. Forbes puts out those lists every year and 3 years ago, she was listed to have earned $11 million. The next year she earned $10 million. She fell out of the Top TV earners list this year and the last person who was no.20 earned $8.5 million. If we’re being very generous, that means the absolute most she could have earned is around $8 million but it’s also a possibility that she earned much less than that. Let’s accept the highest possible number and that is still almost a 30% drop in income and it has been steadily sliding downwards. It’s not a case of ups and downs.

            The only thing I can attribute this to is her fall in BW. That must be income from India that is no longer coming her way. Her endorsements have apparently increased (Pantene, Cipla, JBL) and yet the income has gone down.

            When you’re used to living a high flying lifestyle, drops in income would cramp that. The wedding seems like a big cash grab. Perhaps a higher fame profile would turn things around for her financially. Pictures have been sold to People Magazine according to the wedding photographers themselves.

            It’s still pretty strange to do all this insane stuff when she could have just gone back to India and made movies? Perhaps she’s just fame crazy.

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          • She’s also trying to build businesses, if she wants to keep producing she needs money to pour into it. That’s why SRK does weddings, to support Red Chillies. Maybe PC is using her own wedding in the same way? Kind of a weird upside down way of getting wedding money, but still getting it to send to production.

            And there’s also always the possible green card motive, get married to Nick, make a bunch of money off of it, get an increased fame profile, and get a ticket to stay in America.

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      • I don’t think that they shouldn’t have had a Sangeet, but it’s more like they wanted to put on a BIG show because of the people invited. Honestly i’m not even sure, but PC is really good at selling her narrative. I kind of wonder if she’s showing off what a big event her wedding ceremonies are because of the DeepVeer stuff happening at the same time? It doesn’t really work on me mostly cus Dips and Ranveer seem like a much more natural couple especially when looking at the timeline.

        Even if you do compare them to DeepVeer, PCs encouraging more investment in her events by doing these massive explanatory captions where DP just posted the pictures and left it, so they’re still being as private as they usually are. (on another note, I saw a few people complaining about how many pictures DP is posting from the events and I? don’t get that? like, in the 6 year relationship they never really posted pics together and now it’s officially out there they’re gonna post pictures from each event they do? isn’t that what everyone does lol

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        • Yeah, and all the photos are so nicely done. The DeepVeer ones I mean. It’s just one photo, but it’s the little things like Ranveer posting the photo from the Kannada style wedding and Dips doing the Sindhi wedding. I don’t need an explanatory caption, I get everything from that.

          The PC-Nick stuff, I don’t really feel like there is anything there without the explanation. If that makes sense? The picture doesn’t tell the story on its own, so they need the thousand words to describe it.

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          • yeah and like, Ranveer posted the picture of him putting the mark on Dips forehead and she posted the one of her doing it to him, it feels more authentic.

            PC-Nick just feels like a promotion for something, especially with all the Vogue stuff coming out it’s just this massive media circus

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          • I think what’s strange about the whole thing is just how well documented it is? I mean even before the engagement there were reports about Nick closing down a Tiffany’s for the ring & getting ready to propose and then immediately after every little thing leading up to the wedding was leaked with scary accuracy. That’s what makes it feel staged, in my opinion.
            But then we were hearing reports about Dips and Ranveer getting married in November, and then reports said it moved to next year or something, but they kept deflecting questions until they posted the announcement themselves. but even then it wasn’t a ring selfie it was the wedding cards, so they’re just more believable in general BECAUSE they kept everything so private, if that makes sense? where PC is just commercialising the whole thing.

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          • Yes! Absolutely!!!!! Partly because in real life an engagement doesn’t happen with perfect timing and planning. From the people I have known in the Dips-Ranveer situation, they got engaged after talking about marriage and figuring out their work schedules and finding a house to live in together and so on and so forth. It’s a moving target, you know? It’s not a “I will shut down Tiffany’s and then get engaged on this exact date!” kind of thing. For one thing, wouldn’t there be at least a small amount of worry that she would say “no”? That is, if the whole thing isn’t completely scripted.

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  6. I have definitely seen this kind of stage performances with a bunch of spectators in a sangeet. It seems to be more common among the weddings where a lot of guests are non Indian. The pictures along with detailed captions are also a lot more for the American audience than an Indian one. I am married to a non Indian and I definitely had to give an explanation on my Facebook wedding pictures because more than 50% of my friends were non Indian and would have no clue otherwise. Despite all that, that highly edited video is just plain odd.

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    • Okay, I’m glad the highly edited video is still odd to you!

      I know it’s normal to have highly edited perfect wedding videos, but I would think those were, like, the whole wedding. Right? Just with professional lighting and multiple camera angles and so on. Why would you want this sort of teaser trailer version?

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  7. Now this is really weird: one of the videos, I think the one everyone says is looking so staged was reposted by viralbhayani on instagram with the caption “priyanka chopra at an award show in 2013”. He is a major major paparazzi for those of you who might not know and he would KNOW. So who posted that originally? I can’t post it here but go look at it. Also the whole shut down Tiffany’s and having her wedding shower there in the (gorgeous, brand new, can’t get a reservation for a year) cafe was 100% paid publicity for Tiffany’s which is trying to make its brand hipper and younger.

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    • I checked her instagram to get this one, and this is definitely the one straight from her. So if there is another floating around, I suppose it could be fake. Which also means that the “real” Sangeet video looks so much an awards show that someone can easily fake it by using actual awards show footage.

      Also, the engagement ring from Tiffany’s is EXACTLY what getting married at a heritage hotel in Jaipur feels like. It’s cool and beautiful and so on, but also kind of trite and unimaginative. Unless you just do it like it isn’t trite (buying a ring at Tiffany’s without telling us all 500 times you bought a ring at Tiffany’s), or like you have a real connection to it (Soha getting married in a palace in Jaipur=not trite because it is HER ACTUAL FAMILY PALACE).

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      • The Viral Bhayani video is of a performance from the same palace a few years ago. The funny thing is that it’s written in the back “pc’s swayamvar” which is basically the act of choosing a husband.

        Rajasthan tourism and Umaid Bhavan’s twitter accounts are also legit promoting this wedding which makes me believe it’s a tie up with the tourism board and the palace. She’s probably getting to rent the palace for free for the publicity she will give them and the state as a possible spot for a destination wedding. It will get projected outside India also where the currency differences would make it easier for international couples to afford the rental prices.

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        • Okay, that makes sense of something. I’m used to the other weddings where the hotel is a footnote and I don’t even know where it is happening, this one the hotel was revealed before the wedding date (I think).

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      • Did you look at viral’s? He doesn’t play games. Could it be that he is calling her out and that it is footage he took at an award show that she posted? Fake news? This is the weirdest thing in a series of weird things.

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        • Viral has lost his mind so I don’t know what to think. The other day he attached a drone to a poor chicken and made it fly. People got so angry with him that many unfollowed him. He has a habit of putting up old pictures and pretending they’re new. He claimed The Rock was going to come to Priyanka’s wedding and put a pic showing him on a plane. He must have found an old picture from somewhere. I don’t know how they get away with acting like this.

          Priyanka’s security people were also harassing the photographers who were standing on government land, not her rented area. There was some altercation. I think he and others are angry at PC so now he’s going crazy posting weird stuff.

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          • I saw a thing about how the state didn’t provide police security for the wedding, which is weird if they were also getting tourism bonus for it. Unless PC’s people were so unpleasant they just didn’t want to work with them, didn’t think she would be organized enough, didn’t think the event warranted it, something.

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          • There’s also some media blowback happening now because they had a big fireworks show after the wedding. Priyanka had made videos advocating for no-firecrackers during Diwali just recently. The ads were on TV, I think. She’s also posted pictures of herself wearing a mask to protest against pollution. There was also some stuff about how firecrackers hurt her because she’s asthmatic. Her asthma is also something she suddenly publicized when she signed up as a brand ambassador of a big pharma company. Who knows if the asthma is real or not. It had never been heard of before.

            She is just so unlikeable to me. She has all the traits of the type of person who would become a politician in India.

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          • The thing that blew my mind was her trying to spin Bumble in the Vogue interview as part of her feminism or something. Instead of just another brand endorsement.

            Maybe what feels political to you is that need to justify everything with some kind of moral stance instead of just doing it without explaining it. It’s okay to be the face of a Pharma company, or a dating app, just because they are paying you. You don’t have to give us a whole backstory for it.

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          • Yes, now I saw that. They photographers were quite resentful. Someone shouted at them,”we know you are being paid 2. 5 million dollars for exclusive pictures.”

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  8. Ah, just looked at her insta. Must be that others posted the one that is an awards show and erroneously labled in viral rectified the issue.

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  9. Amid all these fake drama,she is being trolled for selling her asthma for coppa a pharma brand and advising ppl to stop bursting crackers during diwali while at the same time doing the same at her wedding.

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    • To be fair, I think fireworks at a wedding and Diwali are very different. If there is one time in her life she could set off fireworks, it could be for her wedding. HOWEVER, that doesn’t stop the hypocrisy, she shouldn’t be making a big deal about not doing something unless she is ready to never do it again for the rest of her life. Most stars are more or less against fireworks at Diwali but they don’t have to make a big deal about it.

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  10. “Also, this is a couple where his parents pushed him and his brother to be Disney stars as children, and her mother sent in her photo to the Miss India people. Their standards of “good parenting” may be different than ours.”
    I’m sorry but this comment went too far, and I don’t have the stomach to read far beyond that.
    I’m no PC fan, I couldn’t care less about her wedding, but the amount of negativity on this thread is staggering. It’s one thing to think their idea of wedding events are tacky (which they are). But even if they did get married for publicity sake, (a) who cares and (b) if so why give it to them. I respectfully think that you should go back to your policy of not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say.
    I’m not saying this in her defence, because I too think that she is an unpleasant person who at this point is being driven by desperation than anything else. But, if nobody likes her, shouldn’t we just move on? Isn’t indifference better than (even negative) publicity? Unlike some other things she did, her wedding isn’t hurting anybody. Deepika-Ranveer are the clear favourites and by the looks of it nobody even went to PC’s wedding. It’s not like her shady tactics are working for her and her real intentions need to be exposed or whatever. So why beat a dead snake?

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    • I agree, I mean their wedding looks so much fun and 2 different cultures celebrating with such joy rarely do we ever get to see that in BW, they both looks so happy and beautiful, lets at least leave them alone on their wedding day and enjoy the pretty pictures instead of dwell on the negativity.

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    • thank you for commenting! First, a policy note, I try to be very careful with what I say in the actual posts and then let myself go a bit in the comments when we are just talking. I just reread the post to check, and I think I am comfortable with what I said there, it was strictly focused on PC’s instagram post and why I found it odd, not about their relationship or wedding or anything, just the content she had made public and what was strange about it.

      For our conversation here, I think what people are circling around and trying to understand is not so much the wedding itself but the odd way it fits into India’s celebrity culture. There seemed to be no concern for letting famous friends attend or any of the usual way that these “big weddings” are put on (thus Dip and Ranveer as a comparison), including the unusual way the photographers were treated. Instead, it is following the path of the famous-for-being-famous celebs in America, whose whole lives are sponsored. Which is how Nick Jonas and his family have lived for years, but is new for Priyanka and for India. And that’s worth discussing, even if it overlaps into personal remarks.

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      • I agree – this thread is far too negative. Yes – they are sharing everything about the wedding in a very picture perfect manner but that’s the luxury and choice they have. It is clearly geared more towards America and that’s why the sponsorships are international and the pictures were sold to People not Filmfare. She is an international celebrity now – if People is interested it means they see that as well, of course a bunch of it comes from Nick.
        I think we respected DP/ RS to have an extremely private wedding and ban phones and release edited photos as that was their decision, this is PC’s and we can’t suddenly say its wrong and disgusting and whatever else has been said here.
        As for the edited sangeet video – almost every south asian wedding has a professional videographer to video the whole thing and then edit it and make a movie – it is totally normal. But there are differences, of course their video had HD movie like quality, and the sangeet was bigger and better and on a stage – comparing their wedding to a regular middle class wedding wouldn’t be comparing apples to apples.
        I agree the sangeet video had a trailer like quality to it but it can also easily be considered snippets they were ok sharing with the public, like the perfect dancing pictures DP/RS shared.
        Its different, its media savvy, you have the right to discuss it but its someone’s wedding, and as far as we know – its real so let’s extend the respect we can.

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  11. PC and Nick do seem to be milking their wedding for all it’s worth–literally. The wedding and everything around it seem so “produced.” But there was a disgruntled post by the aforementioned Viral Bhayani with a picture of some paps sitting on the grass looking unhappy. The caption was long–you can find it if you scroll down pretty far on his Instagram page–but the gist of it was that the couple was squeezing out the Indian paps because PC/NIck had been paid $2.5 million by an American magazine (presumably Vogue) for exclusive photos. The complaint was that these Indian paps could only offer love and not money to them.

    But here’s my question: If in fact it is true that the Indian paps/photographers were being shut out and that PC/Nick weren’t even willing to pose for a few shots, what does this say about Priyanka’s future as an Indian public figure or Bollywood actress or even a producer in India? It seems that she’s burned so many bridges. She’s apparently upset a lot of people in the fraternity–most recently Salman who has got to be furious at her for backing out of Bharat because she “got engaged”??????–and now she even has managed to get the paparazzi angry at her. Who will work with her? It got me thinking about the decision not to have a Mumbai party if that’s true. Who would come? Does she have friends in the industry? It occurred to me that both Ranveer and Deepika have relationships with industry people: Ranveer definitely has his “bros” and Deeps has Shah Rukh’s number on her cell phone for God’s sake! The pics from their reception with the senior Bachchans were priceless. And so on.

    I agree with you, Margaret, and others here that PC seems to be looking for a reality show or some other medium of entertainment to capitalize on her fame and this marriage. Compare this business as described in Viral’s post with the adorable pic of DeepVeer and the paps outside their Mumbai reception. Everyone–not just the happy couple–is smiling in that picture. What a contrast!

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    • Priyanka did have her engagement party in Bombay, so we can use that for comparison. It was last minute and I am sure a lot of schedules were conflicting, but she managed to get Manish Malhotra and her cousin Pari and I think a couple of other people at that level. I think she has friends in the industry, but maybe has burned off some of the “friendly” people? Not sure.

      Like, with DeepVeer (and Sonam and Anushka and Preity and pretty much all the big wedding parties) there were the people who were their close friends, and the people they costarred and were friendly with, and also people like Hema Malini who had probably seen and spoken with them at other similar large events and came as a courtesy. I don’t know of course, but I wonder if the PC and Nick reception in Bombay (if it were to happen) was another event with a corporate sponsorship and professional photographers taking photos inside and everything, if the Hema Malini level folks would feel comfortable coming. Even if they like the couple as people, if the way the event was structured would keep them away.

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  12. PC is a 100 % having a reception in Mumbai. She wants to show off that she cought a Hollywood ‘pop star’ and actually married him, made him wear kurtas and dance to gallan godiyan. Damn you, if she doesn’t rub that into the face of whole of Bollywood. She will hold this reception and make sure it is twice as big as anything seen before by an Indian actress. That’s PC for you, that’s how she’s always been and that’s how she’ll remain. And I’m fine with, can’t change personality traits can you?

    And I think she’s already succeeded with so many things in nit even 6 months of this relationship. She is back in the public eye in the West, got cast opposite Chris Pratt, signed deals with Tiffany’s, Umaid Palace.. Abu Jani, Sabya etc. On top of that is ending /starting the year with a Bang and a personal Mile Stone. THE Vouge Cover where SHE ALONE is on it without any deserving achievement of her own!! And also launching Vouges first ever digital Cover along with Nick! THAT’S HUGE!
    From a failed TV actress (Quantico got kicked out and so was she) to the first Indian Celeb on the Cover of Vouge US.

    I think after Quantico and her Break up she had nothing to loose no more. So she went all in.. And it’s working for her.

    The only people I pity in this are their future kids… How to explain them that mommy and daddy settled for fame and money instead of true happiness? Isn’t she allegedly already preggo or so and is planning on announcing the news early next year ? read that somewhere.

    I’ve much to my surprise been reading fairly positive opinions about this Priyanka weeding even in comparison to Dps. A lot of people are actually saying pc’s was far more colorful and joyous where as Deepika was boring!? (I think Deepika weeding was very authentic and didn’t feel like an government initiative to get the world spend their bucks in India for their marriage) I was also asking is PC that wealthy to throw a weeding in Ambani style? It truly almost felt bigger than the Ambani weedings recently.

    And finally, yes I totally agree with you.. This looks fully sponsored from the engagement itself till the wedding and probably their honeymoon will be as well! Lord have Mercy!

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    • I think the size of PC’s wedding might be a bit of an optical illusion. I mean, I am sure it was very very large, but it was all held in the one hotel, and that hotel makes it’s living mostly on hosting weddings, so there are people getting married this size there every other weekend. Does that make sense? Yes, definitely big, but not Ambani big, more “100 thousand other families in India are also rich enough for this kind of wedding”. And if they got it sponsored by various brands, then they wouldn’t even have to cover the cost.

      I’m surprised by positive opinions compared to Dips. I would have thought either it would be a tie or people would like the Dips wedding more just because they know both parts of the couple and all the famous people were there.

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      • From what I can see, a lot of Indian people are happy that a white guy is dressing in desi clothes and going through all those Hindu wedding rituals. That colonial hangover will never leave.

        Most Indian people also have no clue about American pop culture and I think PC has managed to sell Nick as some huge American star which he most definitely isn’t.

        For them, that tops whatever Deepika and Ranveer did.

        I also think she is likely to have a Mumbai reception to show off. She would never miss that opportunity. The truly big stars don’t attend most functions but the smaller ones are happy to get some new pics in the media. I’m sure people like Rajkumar Rao, Nimrat Kaur, Sonakshi Sinha types would show up. PC seems friendly with some actresses like Alia, Katrina, Anushka, etc. so they would come too. The yesteryear stars like Rekha attend every function. She would get enough guests even if the super A++++ list skips it.

        She is having a Delhi reception too which doesn’t even make sense but maybe she aims to get politicians to come. Again, many would show up to get a bit of stardust on themselves without having any particular friendship with her.

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      • I think in the People wedding video or article it said 255? people or something, definitely under 300. So by Indian standards, it was small.

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  13. For me this post is an interesting cross over with the post about Ajay and Kajol on KWK. I think PC has chosen to go with the American version of celebrity, which as others point out, Nick and his family have done for years and years, so more power to her. I do have some (out-dated?) respect for marriage as an institution, so I hope they are sincerely committed to marriage on whatever terms work for them. But I think there’s no way to tell that from the outside. Time will tell.

    As for the American style of public, sponsored, “exclusive photos of personal events” kind of celebrity and how it fits with typical Indian celebrity, perhaps an area of comparison is how established English actors like Hugh Laurie, Martin Freeman, or Tom Hiddleston deal with and manage their different types of celebrity in the US vs in England. At the height of House, MD’s popularity Hugh Laurie couldn’t go anywhere in the US or Europe outside England without being mobbed, while in England people went, “Oh yeah, there’s Bertie Wooster, back from America,” and he just went on with his life, hanging out with his university and theater friends. Freeman and Hiddleston are both part of the Marvel Universe over here (and Freeman is part of the Tolkein movie universe too), and people go nuts. But in England they are working actors, not so much “movie stars”.

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    • Oh you gave me so much to think about! First, with Ajay and Kajol, they are very much the Indian type of celebrity couple to the extreme. Very private, but when we do see photos, they aren’t staged feeling, they feel like “oh, Ajay and Kajol, that’s just them”. Although at the same time they have to deal with the new reality of celebrity and sent their daughter to school in SIngapore in order to help her stay some version of “normal”.

      I think the story about the photographers is really getting at the clash of celebrity standards between the two cultures. In India, it’s expected that the bride and groom go out and wave to the crowds/press after the wedding. They want to share their joy with the people outside, there isn’t that distance. A while back someone else was remembering how off-putting people found Abhi and Aish’s wedding because they didn’t do that, they tried to keep the photographers and the public at a distance. And part of the advantage of getting married overseas is that there isn’t that expectation, you don’t have to go out and give photos to just any photographers or crowds, it’s only back in India that it matters. But with PC and Nick, they avoided the Indian photographers within India in preference for foreign photographers. Suddenly making it a transactional arrangement instead of a “we just want to share our joy with ‘our people'” feeling. I wonder if they had gotten married fully overseas if there wouldn’t have been that feeling of resentment? Or being kept out?

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      • I like your analysis of the difference between the paps/photographers in India vs the West. I think in India the relationship is much closer–for example, SRK often speaks about the press as friends and family, saying he’s known so many of them for years. And that great photo of Dips and Ranveer with the press outside their Mumbai reception speaks volumes about how they relate to the photographers who follow them everywhere.

        I have always found it weird that Indian movie critics interview and have relationships with the actors whose movies they review. The number of interviews Anupama has done with SRK, which have all usually been great, is astonishing, given that shortly after them she’s reviewing his latest movie. And she’s not the only one, not by a long shot. You’d never see that here. It reflects a very different kind of industry than Hollywood.

        Also I read earlier today that one of the two photographers for Vogue who was inside the Nick/Priyanka wedding was Annie Leibovitz!!! Annie Leibovitz demonstrates just how huge this is for Vogue. It is one more bit of information that leads me to agree with you that Priyanka is looking to leave the Indian film industry behind and focus on American celebrity. Yuck!

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        • Maybe it goes back to the relationship contracts versus business contracts attitude? Because it also feels like the press can be more vicious than in Hollywood. When they go against the stars it is often personal, not just professional. Just like when they are kind to the stars. Versus the Hollywood version where it tends to be about selling the photos and trying to control the press instead of trust them. If that makes sense?

          I also just rewatched the Saif-Sara episode of Koffee where Karan had Viral Bhiryani and some other paps on to talk about Taimur,a nd they were so sweet about him! Like, they actually see him as a little boy and love him, not just as a paycheck.

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  14. People have been so positive with PC’s wedding. Many are comparing with Deepveer’s choice of going to Italy for their wedding opposed to PC’s choice of having a wedding in India. PC’s been playing with very well
    Parineeti as well is having lengthy explanations to her pics, much like PC.
    One thing i have noticed is the Indian media isnt covering while the American media is been covering it minute by minute
    PC’s latest post is about the vogue cover and a sponsored post by Google.
    Question is why would she sell herself out like this? She is a great actress, confident and done really good movies. Why would she end her BW career by burning bridges, and doing this cheap stunt?

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    • I’ve been seeing (and participating) in discussions since Quantico started about PC and I think the same answer holds, her career had hit a block in India that doesn’t exist in the same way in America. Past a certain age an actress in India just isn’t viable as a major star. She could do the Vidya or Kajol or Rani thing, slow down and take more interesting roles in smaller films. Or she could do the Juhi thing, more or less stop acting and switch to producing and just sort of being a part of the film community. Or the Aish thing, make a big splashy marriage that guarantees her a part of the film industry from now on. But all of that would mean a cut in her fame levels. Whereas in America, she could start fresh and be the lead of a TV show.

      It seems like the same thing now, she had Bharat, she could have kept up her level of fame in India, but it would have meant a lot of work for little reward (even if her Bharat role was great for her, she still would only have had a few years left of being offered roles at that level). But dropping Bharat and swinging towards this wedding story instead gives her loads more power and fame on an international level.

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  15. Nothing in the relation between Priyanka and Nick seems to have to do with deep love. The few things I read or saw throughout the last weeks make me think that they may be very good friends, even friends with benefits. They have their reason(s) to get married and I guess that one was to make the most of this event, moneywise and publicitywise.
    Modi has graced the Delhi reception and blessed the couple. No Mumbai reception would be able to top this…

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