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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Priyanka Chopra makes an exception

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 30, 2013
First Published: 12:35 IST(30/6/2013) | Last Updated: 15:08 IST(30/6/2013)

On Wednesday evening, Arjun Kapoor celebrated his 28th birthday with his friends and co-stars from the industry. The party, which was hosted by Arjun’s cousin Sonam Kapoor at her Juhu residence, went on till the wee hours of the morning. But the surprise guest was Priyanka Chopra, who made her first public appearance after the demise of her father, the late Dr Ashok Chopra.

A source close to the actor reveals, “Arjun’s mother, the late Mona Kapoor, and Priyanka’s father were good friends. They met socially years ago and gradually became friends. And when Arjun invited Priyanka for the party, she decided to attend it for two reasons, her friendship with the actor (they are co-stars in the upcoming film, Gunday, which also stars Ranveer Singh) and the friendship their parents shared.”

The source goes on to add that while Priyanka has refrained from making any sort of public appearance after her father’s demise and has completely immersed herself in work, she did make an exception this time.

“She came straight from the shoot of her upcoming film, which is based on the life of boxer Mary Kom. She was casually dressed and didn’t stay for long. In fact, she exited in 30 minutes, though everyone asked her to stay longer. She just wished Arjun, greeted the rest of the crowd and left,” says the source.

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