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Let’s stand united

Ever since we decided to reschedule the release of Anjaana Anjaani, I have been inundated by questions about why we took such a big step against business sense.

entertainment Updated: Sep 24, 2010 13:58 IST
Priyanka Chopra

Ever since we decided to reschedule the release of Anjaana Anjaani, I have been inundated by questions about why we took such a big step against business sense. I explained that given the sensitivities attached to the Babri Masjid verdict scheduled on the same day, we believed that to defer our release was the right thing to do. Some got it and some didn’t, so I thought I’d shed some light on the background.

It’s not a question of paranoia that something drastic is going to happen but is a gesture to give this milestone event the respect and attention it deserves. The country will need time to come to terms with the verdict and understand the same in its entirety. I believe that the youth of this country, which has been the beacon of change, has a very important role to play in ensuring that the country comes to terms with the judicial process. There are opportunities for the parties which feel aggrieved to appeal to the higher court and this has been emphasised by the top political leadership.

PriyankaDivisive forces are a reality of the society that we live in. On the one hand we are a nation with one of the fastest growing economies and on the other, much like many other developing countries, we are faced with many issues that range from corruption to poverty. While there is good news every day, there is also an equal weightage given to everything that is not right! Which is where I believe a certain element of apathy has set in... we’re tired of hearing about the corruption, the leadership that just doesn’t seem to care. But we have to remember than we can make a difference, as in the case of Jessica Lal, where we stood up and our collective efforts had a monumental effect.

If we decide to commit ourselves to the judicial process, we can create platforms to raise our voice in agreement or dissent rather than raise our hands in violence. The bigger threat that the country faces is falling prey to the disruptive forces at play. Who better to stem that rot than the largest segment of our population today — the youth.

In this context, today’s verdict cannot be ignored and rather than go into a theatre to watch Anjaana Anjaani (as much as we would have loved you to), we would rather that you understand the outcome of the verdict. I am proud to be a part of the team that has taken the difficult commercial decision to reschedule the release of the movie as a gesture of our commitment to honour the larger issues facing the nation.

I take pride in representing India and showing the world that unity in diversity that is part of our everyday life. It’s important to continue to stand together and collectively make a contribution to society.

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