Priyanka re­ceives back­lash for Sikkim com­ment

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Ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra got a taste of peo­ple’s wrath when she called Sikkim a state “trou­bled by in­sur­gency”, and said that her pro­duc­tion, Pahuna: The Lit­tle Vis­i­tors, is the first film to come out of the state.

In an in­ter­view to ET Canada, af­ter her film re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF), Priyanka said, “Sikkim is a small state in the North-east of In­dia which never had a film in­dus­try or any­one who made a film 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.”

So­cial me­dia users pointed out that Sikkim re­mains “one of the most peace­ful states” in In­dia. While its film in­dus­try is yet in a nascent stage, films have been made in the state and even re­ceived wide crit­i­cal ac­claim, for in­stance, Prashant Ra­saily’s films Katha, Acharya; and a Lepcha film, Dhokbu, that pre­miered this year.

From be­ing called “a dense, ig­no­rant im­be­cile” to be­ing asked to get her facts right, Priyanka — who is the brand am­bas­sador of As­sam — at­tracted a lot of back­lash.

Although the ac­tor is yet to com­ment on the con­tro­versy, Sikkim’s tourism min­is­ter, Ugen T Gy­atso, was re­ported as say­ing that Priyanka, her com­pany and the di­rec­tor and pro­ducer of Pahuna have apol­o­gised to him in writ­ing and ver­bally.

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