Priyanka Chopra receives flak for calling Sikkim insurgency-hit

Priyanka Chopra courted controversy for calling Sikkim ‘troubled with insurgency’ at Toronto International Film Festival and adding Pahuna a film produced by her is the first film from the region

The actor, who recently presented her home production "Pahuna", a Sikkimese language film, at the ongoing TIFF, claimed in an interview with ET Canada that it was the first-ever film to have emerged from Sikkim as it's a "very troubled" region.

Some commented writing, "Little knowledge is risky." while another comment read, "Priyanka Chopra please get your facts correct, there has never been an insurgency problem in Sikkim". Sikkim is a small state in the Northeastern India which never had a film industry or anyone who made films from there.

She added about the theme of Pahuna, "This is a film about two kids and their perspective on the refugee crisis on being moved from one place to another without understanding the reason". Her statement angered several people and at once, PeeCee had to face varied trolls on Twitter.

The actor was instantly slammed on social media for calling a state 'troubled with insurgency'.

IANS quoted her as saying, "This is a Sikkimese film".

The actress and her production company, Purple Pebbles, apologised to Sikkim's tourism minister, Ugen T Gyatso, reports said. "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", she wrote. We don't have any insurgency here. In fact, even after apologising for the mistake, she was not spared. "So don't expect them to be politically correct". But the situation is improving because more and more young people from the region are going to other parts of India to work, study and people-to-people contact is increasing.

Incidentally, Priyanka is the tourism ambassador of BJP-ruled Assam. The India Today report also mentions that Priyanka Chopra has already apologised to the Sikkim government.

The National Award-winning actress, a former Miss World, is a known face globally courtesy American television show "Quantico".

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