BOLLYWOOD: Priyanka Chopra always likes to do things differently.
After having previously enhanced the working conditions of the female crew in their company, Purple Pebbles, Priyanka and mother Madhu have taken a step further to ensure a healthy working environment for children by banning cigarattes and alcohol on the sets of their upcoming film.
The duo are collaborating with kids for their upcoming Sikkimese film, Pahuna for Netflix.
Dr Madhu Chopra said, “Since the film features children as the protagonists, we put this rule in place to prevent passive smoking, which would have adverse health effects. We wanted to have a professional and positive environment, where they felt secure and cared for.”
Chopra added that the new regulations did not invite any backlash. “None of my cast or crew members gave us any hassle. I was blessed to have an accepting and understanding crew who adapted to a child-friendly environment without any apparent discontent.”
In the past, the duo had introduced flexible working hours for mothers in their crew, apart from offering benefits during maternity leaves. They also expressed their desire to create an in-house creche, which is a nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day.
Meanwhile, Priyanka is gearing up for her wedding to Nick Jonas which is expected to take place at Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur on December 1 and 2, according to Indian and western traditions. Preparations for the wedding are in full swing and the groom-to-be has already arrived in India.
The pre-marriage rituals will reportedly begin on November 30 with a sangeet while a haldi ceremony will be held the next day.
A source shared: “It will be an intimate wedding, with the bride and groom dressed in their traditional finery, to be attended by close family and friends. The Delhi reception will happen three days later, followed by another reception in Mumbai. Guests will start arriving from November 29 at Umaid Bhawan.”