Priyanka Chopra apologises for her comment on calling Sikkim ‘Insurgency troubled’


Mumbai: All’s not well in PeeCee-land! A month after being criticised for her dress in Berlin, Priyanka Chopra has courted another controversy. This time, the actress was at the receiving end for mixing up socio-political history of Sikkim.

At the Toronto International Film festival (TIFF), Chopra’s new Sikkimese production ‘Pahuna: The Little Visitors’ premiered. In an interview to a Canadian TV channel, she described the film’s backdrop of Sikkim.

“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,” the 35-year-old actress said.

Her incorrect statement about Sikkim received a lot of backlash on Twitter, with some calling her “pea-brained” and “politically illiterate”.

Last week, the actress had raved about the film, which is based on the perspective of two children on refugee crisis and religion, getting a standing ovation at TIFF. The film has been produced by her mother Madhu Chopra and directed by Paakhi.

Priyanka Chopra tendered an apology to the Sikkim government, while her mother Madhu Chopra spoke to Ugen Gyatso, the tourism minister of Sikkim to apologise for the comment.

“Her mother spoke to me over phone and has apologised for the comment,” said Ugen Gyatso, the tourism minister of Sikkim.

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