A day after the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India threatened to boycott actor Kangana Ranaut, Ekta Kapoor’s production company Balaji Telefilms tendered an apology on Wednesday.
Notably, the journalists’ body had threatened to boycott Kangana on Tuesday following her argument with a PTI reporter, Justin Rao, at a promotional event for her upcoming film ‘JudgeMentall Hai Kya’.
The guild had written to the film’s producer Ekta Kapoor, and demanded that she condemn Kangana’s behaviour.
“A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya’s actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film’s song launch event on July 7, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn,” the statement said. “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.”
On July 7, Kangana had accused the reporter of running a “smear campaign” against her. She made the claim just as Rao was starting to ask her a question during a media interaction. Kangana’s remarks led to an argument between the two.
Also on Tuesday, Kangana’s sister and manager Rangoli Chandel said on Twitter that the actor would not apologise. She also described journalists as “anti-nationals”.