Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were declared man and wife after the two tied the knot in a Western wedding ceremony on Saturday at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Soon after they exchanged vows, the sky was lit up with spectacular fireworks in the evening.
Social media was flooded with pictures from the venue, however, not many appreciated the move. The actress was criticised for bursting crackers.
There is a context to it. A while ago, on Diwali, the actress had urged people to not burn crackers and contribute in making the planet pollution free. Referring to the same video, some Twitter users went on to call the actress a hypocrite.
One month ago, actor and brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra was an ardent anti-fireworks campaigner, pleading with her fans to “Skip the crackers this Deepawali”, especially on behalf of fellow asthmatics.
On Saturday night, however, the skies over Jodhpur exploded with fireworks in celebration of her wedding to American singer and actor Nick Jonas. Predictably, Twitter exploded with charges of hypocrisy and double standards.
“So basically diwali crackers create problem and wedding celebration crackers add oxygen!!” said Twitter user Mahesh Watharkar. “I think @priyankachopra asthma gone a day before wedding,” tweeted Ayaan Lokesh. Another user asked if the Rajasthan Police had taken action against the couple.
This year, the Supreme Court had limited the bursting of crackers to two hours on Deepawali day, and also permitted only “safe and green” firecrackers in Delhi.
“Can you please tell us from where we should buy those noiseless & Oxygen emitting Eco friendly Crackers that you’ve used in your wedding? We’ll keep them in stock for next Diwali…” said a tweet from Dr. Janak Pandya.
Ms. Chopra is a brand ambassador for Breathefree, a public service initiative for asthma patients organised by Cipla, which manufactures inhalers. On Deepawali morning, Breathefree had posted a video of Ms. Chopra on Twitter as part of its #BerokZindagi (Unstoppable Life) campaign.
“Please keep my breathing unstoppable. Skip the crackers this Deepawali,” the actor urges in the promotional. “Let Deepawali be about lights and laddoos and love and not pollution. Reduce the use of firecrackers, so that you all, asthmatics like me, all the animals out there, everyone can enjoy the festival too.”
When The Hindu reached out to Cipla for a response, the company said it was not prepared to comment on its brand ambassador’s actions. Twitter users however, were already questioning the company.
“This is awesome! #Cipla cures Priyanka’s asthma (which she had since the age of 5) just in time, for her to enjoy the firecrackers at the wedding,” said a sarcastic tweet by Gopal Kavalireddi.
“Dear @Cipla_Global your brand ambassador @priyankachopra does exactly what she tells us not to do on Diwali, on your behalf. Can’t wait to hear your response and action. No action would definitely mean choosing other brands over you where possible,” tweeted travel blogger and author Anuradha Goyal.
At 2 pm on Sunday, Breathefree’s Twitter page wished the newly wed couple as they “embark on their new #BerokZindagi”. It posted: “The only one who can take Priyanka’s breath away. #PriyankaNick”
Priyanka Chopra is asthmatic and animal caring during Diwali, she wears masks in US to show pollution problems, but on her wedding, she wants us to inhale sulphates and monoxides for hours. She can afford to do it because she is a self dependent woman. Don’t troll her Hindu Males
— Karl Maarx (@Karl_Maarx) December 2, 2018
— ANI (@ANI) December 1, 2018
Bursting Crackers In Diwali Makes Priyanka Chopra Breathless, Bursting Crackers In Wedding Gives Her Fresh Air By Releasing Oxygen. 👏🙏 pic.twitter.com/02aqtcQpkT
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 2, 2018
#PriyankaChopra If you want to give out a message to your fans to not burst crackers on Diwali bec it affects the environment, animals, asthma patients then the same rules apply to your wedding. It’s important to practice what you preach! https://t.co/T3ZWph66pY
— Rohit Khilnani (@rohitkhilnani) December 2, 2018
Non polluting fireworks with Smog,Sulfur dioxide ,horrible chemicals which kissed environment in noiseless wedding ceremony of Queen Priyanka Chopra #PriyankaKiShaadi #ArrestPriyankaChopra https://t.co/y0Gs6hz8ya
— srinivas kelur (@srinikelur) December 2, 2018
Photos of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ mehendi and sangeet are all over and we can’t get enough of them. While Priyanka chose to apply minimal Mehendi, Nick on the other hand like a dotting son-in-love and man so full in love with Priyanka also chose to having a little Mehendi on his palms.
But, wait. That’s not the thing. What we noticed is something very interesting in one of the pictures. As we zoom in to one of the pictures from Nick and Priyanka’s Mehendi ceremony we thing there’s ‘Om Priyankaya Namah Om’ written on his palm.
However, we’re not too sure. But we think that’s written what’s written on his palm. It wouldn’t be surprising to know such a mantra is written on his palm considering he’s so smitten by Priyanka.
Like we said we’re not sure. Hopefully Nick can tell us. Nick, are you hearing??!!!