Priyanka Chopra found herself in yet another swamp of trouble when she called Sikkim an ‘insurgency affected state,’ and one which does not have a film industry. Her comments caused hurt among those who reside in Sikkim and pointed out that her statements were not just factually wrong, but something that would adversely affect a state which runs on tourism. However, the Tourism Minister of Sikkim, Ugen T Gyatso confirmed that the actor along with the director and producer have apologised.
Priyanka issued a lengthy apology statement from her Facebook account. She wrote: “It saddens me that a comment I made during a recent interview at TIFF has caused this much pain when that was never the intention at all. I never meant to imply that Sikkim has insurgency. My statement was in context of the film that deals with people who seek refuge after they suffer from conflict.” Contrary to what she said in the interview with ET Canada, Priyanka added, “Sikkim is a peaceful, green state with peace loving people. I know that my statements have hurt the sentiments and pride of the people of Sikkim and for that I truly apologise.”
“I have always taken pride as being someone who is informed about the world but this time, some of the statements made were incorrect and while I should have been better informed about certain facts, I take full responsibility for what I said,” added Priyanka in response to those who asked her to check the facts before speaking.
She also accepted that she was erroneous in saying that hers is the first film made in Sikkim. “I understand now that our film was not the first Sikkimese film to be made, but our aim has always been to provide local talent, both actors and technicians, a global platform to shine. My team and I have had a wonderful experience working in the state and with the local cast and crew and are thankful for the support extended by the Government of Sikkim.” She concluded her statement saying: “I understand the impact of the statements made and hope that the people and Government of Sikkim find it in their hearts to forgive me.”