MUMBAI: Actress Kangana Ranaut got into a heated argument with a PTI journalist at an event.
The incident happened while Kangana was interacting with the media at the launch of the song, “Wakhra swag”, from her forthcoming film “JudgeMentall Hai Kya” here on Sunday. Co-star Rajkummar Rao, producer Ekta Kapoor, writer Kanika Dhillon, choreographer Bosco Martis and director Prakash Kovelamudi were also present at the event.
It started when Kangana questioned the journalist over his negative comments on her last release, “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”. When the journalist Justin J Rao introduced himself, she immediately fired at the journalist and said:
“Justin, tum toh humare dushman ban gaye ho yaar….badi gandi batein likhte ho. Tum kitna ganda sochte ho! Tum itni gandi soch rakhte ho. You are bashing my film Manikarnika. Have I made a mistake in making that film? You are calling me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism. Is it a mistake to make such a film?”
To which the journalist replied that he hadn’t tweeted anything along the same lines. “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position”, he said.
— ANI (@ANI) July 8, 2019
Justin refuses to accept Kangana’s allegation and was adamant on seeking an apology from the actress. An ugly exchange followed, and things only got worse with others getting involved.
Ekta Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao were seen trying to intervene in order to control the situation.
Twitter was quick to react to the spat that went viral
#KanganaRanaut and @Rangoli_A , kudos to the journalist @JustinJRao who dared to ask you valid questions and exposed your bullying and hypocrisy. Its time for the public to see your dual face and how success went on to your head. pic.twitter.com/dVTSfVzgxN
— Indiansnowwoman (@Indiansnowwoman) July 7, 2019
— Priyanka Sharma (@iPriyanka_S) July 7, 2019
Great to see journos standing up to #FarziNationalists like #Kangana.
Questioning them or flop #Manikarnika makes you question Nationalism?🤨
Not only did @JustinJRao stand his ground – he shut the MC trying to silence him.
Kudos to @ektaravikapoor for allowing journo to finish. pic.twitter.com/Vuf7ZbAXj9
— Akash Banerjee (@TheDeshBhakt) July 8, 2019
Just another star being unhappy with a journalist for doing his job. They all want cheerleaders. In the name of being candid KG is bashing the guy in front of all and cameras. Demeaning the work.@JustinJRao you did very well.https://t.co/l7OBZoCrxa
— Ujwal Kr Singh (@UjwalKS) July 8, 2019
@JustinJRao is anything but a genuine journalist when he clearly crosses all limits of fairness and impartiality towards his subjects. He was lying @ 42s. His pinned Tweet bashing Kangana Manikarnika is 👇Media guy yelling & disrupting @ 55s is worse. Shame on BULLIES in media. pic.twitter.com/3sBzw00I1R
— Jedi Knight (@hi_midichlorian) July 8, 2019
Kangana is among the few actresses in mainstream Bollywood who have made brave film choices, and when asked if she felt scared while choosing unorthodox roles because it might affect her stardom, she said: “I do not get scared as such but definitely as an actor, I always make sure that we will not hurt anyone’s sentiment while making the film. I made a film called “Manikarnika” and during the release of that film, there wasn’t any controversies. No one took objection against that film because I am very considerate of everybody and their feelings.”
With IANS inputs