When it comes to traveling, North-East India is usually not on the radar (despite it being so beautiful) of most Indians. That is one reason, there are several misconceptions about the place, one of them being North-East is full of militants, is insurgency-hit.
And that’s what even Priyanka Chopra did recently. During an interview at Toronto International Film Festival, Priyanka Chopra said that the state of Sikkim was “troubled by insurgency”.
But what is surprising is that Priyanka Chopra has produced a Sikkimese film ‘Pahuna’, touted as the first film from the region, and she is promoting the film everywhere.
So did she never travel to Sikkim being a producer of the film?
Perhaps not! Because otherwise she would have known that Sikkim is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India (rare exception in the North East).
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I guess, the position she is in today, she probably doesn’t care if a movie (that she is producing) exceeds the budget somewhat (after all she’s not just a Bollywood star, she’s an Hollywood actor as well).
Few government officials in Sikkim felt that Priyanka’s comments could tarnish the state’s image as a tourist destination, although we beg to differ.
Massively trolled, Priyanka Chopra later apologised to the state government. Here’s Priyanka’s clarification.
I’m sorry I have to write to you under these circumstances, but I needed to clarify my stance in regards to the situation which has arisen due to a comment of mine during an interview for my film Pahuna, which was misunderstood. As you are aware, I hold the Government and the people of Sikkim in high regard and have in addition to Pahuna been looking to tell more great stories from Sikkim. My comment, made during an interview at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival 2017, where Pahuna made its worldwide debut, was misconstrued. I was talking about the… subject of the film, where I mentioned how Sikkim was grappling with the refugee situation caused by insurgencies (theme of her movie Pahuna). I had meant the ‘neighbouring countries’.”
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Some time back, Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda had written how social media and news channels can make you feel that certain things are really bad in India, where as the ground reality is something totally different. Do read what Randeep had posted.