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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has produced a Sikkimese film, came under attack after calling the hill state insurgency-troubled. She has apologized to the Sikkim government, which wants another apology in more "clear-cut terms".
Netizens on Thursday slammed and trolled Priyanka for being "politically illiterate" after she spoke of Sikkim in an interview to ET Canada, on the sidelines of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She was discussing "Pahuna: The Little Visitors", her Sikkimese production which premiered at the gala.
Sikkim Tourism Secretary C. Zangpo Bhutia told IANS: "We have received an apology note from Priyanka Chopra for her comments, where she has written 'I tender an apology'. But we are not satisfied. We have asked her to send us another letter in more clear-cut terms."
Asked what the Sikkim government felt about Priyanka's comments, he said: "Whatever she said is totally unacceptable. This has tarnished the image of our state. So we asked her to take back her statement and apologize to us.
But as we are not satisfied with her first letter. We are waiting for a fresh note from her."
Priyanka, who now divides her time in the US and India, is yet to issue an official statement.
Her film "Pahuna..." is about three Nepalese children who get separated from their parents, escape the Maoists in Nepal and flee to Sikkim.
Talking about the movie to ET Canada, Priyanka said: "This is a Sikkimese film. Sikkim is a small state in the northeast of India which never had a film industry or anyone who made films from there. And this is the first film ever that's come out of that region because it's very troubled with insurgency and troubling situations."
This remark was widely slammed.
Tawqeer Hussain added: "Celebs like her are 'politically illiterate'. Earlier, many celebs (didn't) know the name of the President of India. So don't expect them to be politically correct."
Biswatosh Sinha, a scriptwriter from Assam, wrote: "Dear Priyanka Chopra, Sikkim is a peaceful place and Pahuna is not the first film from the region. Plz get the facts right."
Incidentally, Priyanka is the tourism ambassador of BJP-ruled Assam.
Directed by first-timer Paakhi A. Tyrewala, the "Pahuna..." was launched as an association between Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra's banner Purple Pebble Pictures and Ministry of Tourism Sikkim.
The National Award winning actress, a former Miss World, is a known face globally courtesy American television show "Quantico".
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