Priyanka Chopra apologises for her Sikkim insurgency statement! – The actress issued an official apology to the Government and people of Sikkim for her comment in a recent interview, while talking about ‘Pahuna’ at TIFF
Priyanka Chopra’s recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) about her home production Sikkimese film Pahuna ended up with the actress facing a lot of backlash over her ‘insurgency’ comment. During the course of her conversation with the host, Priyanka ended up calling the region of Sikkim, “troubled by insurgency”.
This led to a lot of hate comments being hurled towards the actress. Several netizens called her out for not getting her facts in place and calling one of the most peaceful states of the country as troubled by insurgency. Priyanka had stated, “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…”
Post the massive backlash on social media, Priyanka Chopra gave an official apology to the tourism minister of Sikkim, Ugen Gyatso. The actress issued an official statement to the media, apologising for her statement. In the apology she 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.”
She further added, “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.”