Priyanka Chopra thought Sikkim is insurgency-hit: Every time Bollywood got its facts wrong
Priyanka Chopra isn’t the first one to goof up on facts - from Amitabh Bachchan to Hrithik Roshan, quite a few Bollywood celebs have received a fair amount of backlash for goofing up.bollywood Updated: Sep 14, 2017 16:53 IST
Actor Priyanka Chopra is currently being slammed for her factually incorrect statements on Sikkim during an interview at Toronto International Film Festival where she was promoting her production, Sikkimese film Pahuna. The actor not only said the state was “troubled by insurgency”, she also asserted Pahuna was the first film from the region. Massively trolled, Priyanka had to apologise to the state government.
In fact, Sikkim is one of the most peaceful states in India and while its industry cannot weigh up against a prolific Bollywood, it has come out with critically acclaimed films in the past.
Sikkim’s tourism minister Ugen Gyatso wrote, “I condemn Priyanka’s statement. Being an international figure, it’s a very disappointing comment on her behalf. It has definitely made us feel bad and sad but she has apologised us through a mail, likewise her mother Madhu Chopra also apologised over phone today in presence of Sikkim media persons.”
However, the Baywatch star isn’t the first one to goof up on facts - from Amitabh Bachchan to Hrithik Roshan, quite a few Bollywood celebs have been there and done that, sometimes leading to massive outrage. While many of the comments are due to ignorance, at others they can be chalked up to insensitivity.
In August, after a CBI court held self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a rape case, parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi were hit by arson by his followers. The day the judgement was delivered happened to be Friday, when Sidharth Malhotra’s film, A Gentleman, released. The actor tweeted, “To all the people of Haryana, please stay safe. Hope you can see our film soon.” The outrage was instantaneous.
Hrithik wanted to condemn the militant attack in Manipur that killed 18 soldiers in June 2017. However, he landed himself in a soup with what appears to be a lapse of judgement. “My heartfelt condolences to d families of the 20 jawans killed in a mindless ambush by Manipur tribals.… salute,” he wrote. The actor was criticised for labelling militants as tribals.
In an attempt to correct his misjudgement, the actor later tweeted, “Correction- unidentified Manipur tribal militant groups .. To be more precise.”
Correction- unidentified Manipur tribal militant groups .. To be more precise.— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) June 4, 2015
While congratulating Mary Kom, Amitabh tweeted that the boxer is from Assam. “Mary Kom !! wins her boxing bout, insured a Bronze ! What a story ! A Mother of two from Assam, creates moment of pride for India,” he wrote. However, the superstar soon corrected himself.
This is not the first time Priyanka has goofed up. She was trolled badly last year when she posted two selfies from the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. In 2016, she came under fire for a shirt she wore on the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveler. The shirt crossed out the words ‘refugee’, ‘immigrant’ and ‘outsider’ and left the word ‘traveler’ untouched. Many criticised the shirt, as being a ‘refugee’ is not a choice. She later apologised for the cover.
The actor was slammed for comparing his gruelling training session for Sultan to a rape. He had said he “felt like a raped woman”. Even the National Commission for Women demanded an apology from him.
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First Published: Sep 14, 2017 16:48 IST