‘I don’t want to be known as Priyanka Cho­pra’s looka­like’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ru­mours had re­cently been rife that YouTube star Navpreet Banga (right), a Cana­dian video blog­ger, or vlog­ger, was ap­proached for the 11th sea­son of the re­al­ity show Bigg Boss. Speak­ing to us, Navpreet clears the air, say­ing, “I found out from an ar­ti­cle that I’m even in con­sid­er­a­tion for the show. I got the fi­nal call, where they wanted me to think about it. And I re­jected it right away.”

Navpreet doesn’t want to be part of a show where the mere rea­son she’s con­sid­ered is her re­sem­blance to Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra (above). Agree­ing to do such a show, she feels, would take away her so­cial me­dia cred­i­bil­ity — views for her YouTube videos run into a cou­ple of mil­lions; she is fairly big on In­sta­gram as well, with 175,000 fol­low­ers.

In sev­eral of her pho­tos, Navpreet does look like a dop­pel­gänger for Priyanka, but she says, “This looka­like thing makes me feel that I’m noth­ing else but that. Peo­ple call me her looka­like all the time. Some even say that I do it on pur­pose. I can’t change the way I look. I don’t want to be known as PC’s looka­like be­cause I am so much more.”

Her videos cover a range of sub­jects. “I talk about men­tal health; I make peo­ple laugh. And I want to be known for these things,” says the vlog­ger. “I have earned a po­si­tion, I want to be called Navpreet Banga, and they re­call me [by] that name and that’s how I want to move for­ward in life.”

PHOTO: MITESH BHUVAD/PTI

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