Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, featuring actress Kangana Ranaut in the lead, is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The film is mired in the controversy ever since actor Sonu Sood decided to quit it. After the announcement, the blame game started and the actress stated that Sonu left the movie because she was helming the reshoots and patchwork. Now, the actor has reacted to Kangana’s remarks saying that it is ridiculous to make the entire issue about male chauvinism.

As reported by PTI, Sonu said that Kangana will always be his dear friend but constantly playing the woman card, the victim card is ridiculous. He was quoted as saying, “The gender of the director is not the issue, competence is. Let’s not confuse the two. I’ve worked with Farah Khan who’s a competent woman director and Farah and I had a great professional equation and we are still best of friends. That’s all I would like to say.”

Earlier, the spokesperson stated that Sonu is occupied with the work of Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba and was recently asked to re-shoot some portions by Kangana. But, he has sported a beard for Rohit Shetty’s movie and supposed to be clean shaven for Manikarnika. He requested makers to shoot the film after he completes his Simmba schedule. However, things didn’t work out and he decided to quit the project.

After his exit from the movie, Kangana said, “He vehemently denied to work under a woman director, which is kind of amusing because Sonu is a dear friend.”

The movie is all set to hit the screens on January 25.