Priyanka Chopra says Sikkim 'troubled by insurgency', faces backlash
Priyanka had been talking about her new film, which she said was the first to come out of the region. People were quick to point out that she was wrong about that too. (Image source: YouTube, Priyanka Media) Photograph: (Others)
Priyanka Chopra faced a backlash after she said Sikkim is "troubled by insurgency".
Priyanka was talking to ET Canada about her new film Pahuna: The Little Visitors, which she said is the first movie to come out of the region.
People were quick to point out that Sikkim is actually not troubled by insurgency -- it has no insurgent groups -- and that there have been a number of films from the region.
Priyanka is in Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Her exact words were: "This is a Sikkimese film. It is a small state in the North East of India, who 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."
Watch what Priyanka said below:
The Twitterati of course quickly pointed out that Sikkim remains "one of the most peaceful states" in the country.
And very helpfully listed some of the films that have come out of the region.
Here are a few reactions:
Sikkim is one of the most peaceful states, dear Priyanka. We don't have any insurgency here. Plz comment responsibly.@priyankachopra— Santosh Subba (@sonupondhak) September 13, 2017
@priyankachopra films from Sikkim by Sikkimese directors: Kaatha & Myth by Prashant Rasaily, Letter by Samten Bhutia to name a few.— Sunita Chamling (@sunitacr) September 13, 2017
A few people did speak up in Priyanka's defence:
Sikkim government claimed that Pahuna is it's 1st feature film. She just said what they told her. She meant insurgency at border with Nepal— Kumar (@Kumar_Kaif) September 14, 2017
Meanwhile, Pahuna got a standing ovation at the festival.
Priyanka had, in her interview, talked about the movie's storyline. “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,” she said.
Priyanka is also the brand ambassador of Assam.