Priyanka Chopra is known for saying all the right things at the right time but it seems like the actress had a little bit of a mishap this time around while promoting her latest Sikkimese film Pahuna. She spoke about the film in an interview with ET Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival, and also made some comments about Sikkim – she called it an ‘insurgency hit area’.
Sikkim is a small state in the North-east of India which never had a film industry or anyone who made films from the region. This is the first film ever that’s come out of that region, because it’s very troubled with insurgency and troubling situations.
She received a lot of flak for her misinformed comments and people called her out for putting out wrong facts about India on a global platform. PC was quick to come forth and apologise for it. She issued an official statement which said,
It saddens me that a comment I made during a recent interview at TIFF has caused this much pain when that was never the intention at all. I never meant to imply that Sikkim has insurgency. My statement was in context of the film that deals with people who seek refuge after they suffer from conflict. Sikkim is a peaceful, green state with peace loving people. I know that my statements have hurt the sentiments and pride of the people of Sikkim and for that I truly apologise. I have always taken pride as being someone who is informed about the world but this time, some of the statements made were incorrect and while I should have been better informed about certain facts, I take full responsibility for what I said. I understand now that our film was not the first Sikkimese film to be made, but our aim has always been to provide local talent, both actors and technicians, a global platform to shine. My team and I have had a wonderful experience working in the state and with the local cast and crew and are thankful to the support extended by the Government of Sikkim.I understand the impact of the statements made and hope that the people and Government of Sikkim find it in their hearts to forgive me.
It’s nice of her to come forth and apologise, isn’t it?