Akshay Kumar who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Mission Mangal recently spoke about the showdown between Kangana Ranaut and PTI journalist Justin Rao. The actor was present at the trailer launch event of his upcoming film ‘Mission Mangal’ where he made his point about the same.
Speaking to the media, Akshay said,
“Humein aapki bahut zarurat hai (We all need you). I believe that we can reach out to people and express our opinions through the media. I hope this misunderstanding gets solved. I am not too clued in into this matter because I was in London. It is unfortunate, but I hope everything gets solved.”
Some time back, Kangana Ranaut got into a huge spat with a journalist from PTI for bashing her film Manikarnika. When Justin Rao introduced himself, she immediately dug up the old topic and said,
“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.”
To which the journalist replied that he hadn’t tweeted anything along the same lines. “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position”, he said.
After that, the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild had written an open letter to Ekta Kapoor, demanding an apology from Kangana.
The letter read:
“We, the members of Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India, demand a written public statement from you, Balaji Films and Ms Ranaut, condemning the incident and in particular Ms. Ranaut's behavior. We as a guild collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and give any media coverage. Rest assured, we will not let this matter affect Judementall Hai Kya in any manner and will be supportive of your film and other cast members, barring Ms. Ranaut.”
Following this, Mumbai press club and press club of India also stood strong with the Entertainment journalists guild of India in banning the actress.
Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal is set to hit the screens on 15th August and will face a Box-Office clash with John Abraham’s Batla House.