I don’t want to add to the clutter: Priyanka on Salman Khan’s comments

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 16:05 IST
Priyanka Chopra attends a party in New Delhi. (IANS)

Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra once again chose not to comment on Salman Khan’s controversial rape analogy, adding that she can’t blame the media for asking ‘callous questions’.

“First of all it was not a joke. At a forum on equality and empowerment of young children why talk about callous remarks. It’s sad that the media chooses to focus on something that is not as important. Public responsibility for public people is an individual choice... I don’t blame you for a callous question... I don’t want to add to the clutter and would rather talk about more important issues, ” Priyanka said when asked to comment on the Salman’s remarks.

Read: How Bollywood reacted to Salman Khan’s ‘raped woman’ comment

Priyanka was in the city to attend a UNICEF event as its Goodwill Ambassador to spread awareness about the NGOs “Fair Start” Campaign on gender disparity in literacy and the “mindset change” required to address that.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra, right, and UNICEF Representative to India Louis Georges Arsenault wave at an audience telecast from a remote location during the launch of a Fair Start campaign in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The child rights campaign focuses on persisting inequalities that large groups of children face in India, and urge for a fair chance to all. (AP)

Talking about the role of cinema in bringing about social change, she said, “Celebrities or public people, not through their work, but through their personality and who they are should have a sense of public responsibility. Not just filmstars but any public personality should have that sense of responsibility.”

Priyanka’s comments come a day after another Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan, called Salman’s remarks “unfortunate and insensitive ”.

The actor, 50, had kicked up a storm when he compared himself to a raped woman while taking about the physically gruelling shoot of “Sultan” during a group interview last month.

Read: Salman has not apologised, says NCW chief

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