As soon as the biggest PNB scam hit headlines, the entire country was shocked at how a billionaire diamantaire and some staff of the bank fooled everyone and lead to a fraud of Rs. 11,400 crores. And amidst all this controversy, there was another rumor which spread like fire and successfully managed to be one of the biggest Bollywood breaking news.
Remember that sizzling,romantic, and luxury diamond advertisement which featured Bollywood’s heartthrob, Siddharth Malhotra and Quantico actress, Priyanka Chopra that released last January? It was immensely popular and went viral on all platforms soon after its release.It was earlier believed that theactress who is also the global ambassador of this giant diamond brand suedthe owner of the brand, Modi for not paying her for the Ad campaign.
The former Miss World with a net worth estimated $28 million had signed a contract of three years with the brand.Since her collaboration, Chopra had shot for several ad campaigns for the ace designer. Prior it was Lisa Haydon who had been the face of the brand.
PeeCee’s team earlier alleged that she wasn’t paid the promised amount. Her mother, Madhu Chopra while talking to a news channel expressed how she was shocked to see what’s happening. But later a spokesperson of the actress clarified that the speculative reports of the Quantico Actress suing Modi wasn’t true. However, she is currently seeking legal advice with respect to ending her contract with the brand due to the allegations of financial fraud against Modi.
Back in January 2017 when she was appointed as the brand ambassador for the jewel brand she said that her association with Nirav Modi was like a meeting of minds in many ways. “We are both fiercely proud of our heritage and are united by the idea of bringing a modern India to the global forefront. His jewels are one of a kind and effortless, with an understated elegance,” she further added.
Modi (47 years old) has been listed on Forbes’ list of richest Indians repeatedly. His net worth was estimated to be around $1.84 billion. Hollywood A-listers like Kate Winslet and Dakota Johnson also walked for this jewelry brand.
Malhotra was also seen opposite Priyanka in the advertisement when asked about his contract informed that it was scheduled for just a day and had expired long back. So he is not planning any sort of legal action against Modi or his firm. So, that’s all for Bollywood news and gossip today.
For those who aren’t still acquainted with the scam. Here’s a brief: India’s second largest state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) found a Rs. 11,400 crore fraud at its Mumbai branch. Three diamond firms who have been benefitted from the scam were Diamonds R Us, Stellar Diamonds, and Solar Exports.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) apart from the nationwide raid on offices, showrooms and firmshave also seized jewelry, diamonds, and gold worth Rs. 5,100 crores on Thursday.
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