Members of the Entertainment Journalists Guild of India (EJGI) have collectively decided to boycott Kangana Ranaut and demanded a public apology from the actor following her ugly spat with a journalist. The heated exchange took place late on Sunday during a song launch from her upcoming film JudgeMentall Hai Kya in the presence of producer Ekta Kapoor and actor Rajkummar Rao. The members then sent a letter to Ekta yesterday, condemning Kangana’s allegedly inappropriate behaviour.
Soon after, the Queen star’s sister Rangoli Chandel promised Kangana will not apologise for her statements and will set the media right. As matters hit rock bottom, Ekta has now issued a public apology on behalf of Kangana and her film company Balaji Telefilms.
"A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film's song launch event on July 7, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn. While the people involved in it fairly held their own perspectives but because it happened at the event of our film, we, as the producers, would like to apologise and express regret for this untoward incident," read the Balaji statement.
“We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya releases on July 26 and we urge the media to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind make the film,” it added. It all started when Kangana blasted 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 a furious Kangana. She told the journalist, “Have I made a mistake by making a film? You are calling me a jingoistic person for making a film on nationalism.” When the journalist called Kangana’s action unfair and said that she was intimidating him, Kangana refused to entertain his questions.