Kangana sparks new controversy, also comments on Zaira’s parting

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MUMBAI: Actor Kangana Ranaut sparked yet another controversy following a heated argument, and this time it was not a Bollywood A-lister who was at the receiving end of her wrath, but a journalist. 

The actor got into a heated debate with a PTI journalist who was present at the song launch event of her upcoming movie ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’. She lambasted the reporter for writing “dirty things” about her film ‘Manikarnika’, which marked her directorial debut.

“You have trashed Manikarnika so badly, how can you think so low?” asked an agitated Kangana.

During the event, while Kangana and Rajkummar Rao, her co-star in the film, were interacting with the media and answering their questions, Kangana snapped at the journalist before he could even complete his question, catching him off guard. 

“You were bashing Manikarnika. Have I done anything wrong by making a film on nationalism? You called me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism,” the ‘Queen’ actor said, refusing to entertain any question from the journalist.

However, unlike Bollywood celebrities who take their own sweet time to react to the comments the actor makes in front of the media, the journalist was quick to defend himself. “Kangana, I did not even tweet anything about Manikarnika. You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position,” he said.

The drama did not end there. Kangana then pointed out that the journalist had come to her vanity van and spent three hours there, but ended up writing questionable things following that. “I have given you interviews before. You came to my van to interview me during Manikarnika. You spent at least three hours there and we had lunch together. But things have changed drastically after that. You had messaged me also, so don’t tell me I am trying to intimidate you like a star. Don’t make this about star and journalist,” she asserted.

The journalist, however, immediately stated that he has never texted her directly and that the interview was organised by an individual handling public relations for the actor. He also clarified that the interview lasted only half an hour.

“If you have the prejudice of twisting whatever I say, I cannot speak to you. That’s all I am trying to say here,” the actor added. 

However, the journalist stood his ground and said, “What I am trying to say here is that it is all a lie. I never text you.”

The 32-year-old further accused the media person of “harming” her “brand”, to which he argued that he has only 600 followers on Instagram, thereby making him inconsequential.

That’s not all. While the actor and the journalist were busy arguing, another reporter snapped at the host of the event for not letting the media do their work properly and constantly interrupting the question and answer session. ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ is slated to release on July 26.

Comments on Zaira

Kangana Ranaut , commenting on decision of Zaira Wasim’s parting filmy industry said; “Your religion should empower you, not disempower you.”

The statement comes days after the ‘Dangal’ actor announced her disassociation from acting in Bollywood stating that her current line of work is silently and unconsciously transitioned her “out of imaan (faith)”.

“I think any religion should empower you. It should make you independent and confident and if you think your life is full filled, there is plenty of work to do around you. Try and help people around you. But essentially the very fundamental requirement of any religion is to empower you not disempowered you,” the actor asserted. 

On June 30, the ‘Secret Superstar’ actor shared a detailed post on her social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In the post, the actor stated that her work damaged her “peace, imaan and relationship with Allah.”

A day after the 18-year-old actor announced her decision, certain media outlets quoted the actor’s manager as claiming that her social media accounts were hacked.

However, shortly after the news made its way to the headlines, both, the actor and her manager Tuhin Mishra, dismissing all the rumours and confirmed that the actor was handling her social media accounts all by herself.

Shortly after the post went public, it divided the Twitterverse. While some supported her decision of quitting, others questioned it. The matter also spiralled into a political debate with leaders divided over the actor’s statement. (ANI)