Balaji Telefilms apologises for Kangana Ranaut's spat with journalist
After the Entertainments Journalists Guild of India meet Ekta Kapoor and asked her to apologise for the incident that happened during the song launch of Judgementall Hai Kya, in which Kangana Ranaut entered into a heated argument with a PTI journalist, the producer's banner Balaji Telefilms expressed regret and apologized for the same.
In a statement, the banner said it would like to apologies as the "untoward incident" happened at their event on Sunday.
"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 apologize and express regret for this untoward incident. We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments," the statement read. The production house also hoped the media will not "let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film".
Members of the Guild has earlier demanded a public apology from both Kapoor and Ranaut, journalists present at Tuesday's meeting said. "We, as a guild, have collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and not give her any media coverage," the delegation said in its letter to Kapoor, adding that the boycott will not affect the film or the rest of the cast.
A few days back a video went viral where Kangana is seen to be lashing out at the journalist even before he could complete the question he was asking at the press conference to promote the film on the pretext that he was running a "smear campaign" against her. Ranaut had also accused the journo of writing negatively about her film "Manikarnika". She further accused him of conducting a 'smear campaign' against her. The journalist denied having given Manikarnika bad press and said that Kangana Ranaut 'cannot intimidate journalist.'
The journalist denied the allegations and the actor's claim that he personally messaged her and spent three hours in her vanity van. He said he met the actor briefly for an interview and there were no personal messages.
Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel said on Twitter that the actor will not apologise. "I promise one thing that there will be no apology from Kangana," she tweeted and described the journalists as anti-national. "Judgementall Hai Kya", which also features Rajkummar Rao, is scheduled to be released on July 26.