Update: Ekta Kapoor issues an apology, but no mention of Kangana Ranaut, ban on Kangana continues – Beyond Bollywood


Newly formed Entertainment Journalists’ Guild reiterates that it never had any issues with the producer or the actress per se, but their fight is for the dignity of journalists

By Mayur Lookhar


Kangana Ranaut had left the media and onlookers stunned with her shocking comments against a respectable journalist at the launch of the Wakhra Swag song on 8 July in Mumbai.  The newly formed Entertainment Journalists’ Guild had written a letter to Judgemental Hai Kya producer Ekta Kapoor requesting the actress to issue a public apology for her uncouth conduct at the song launch.  There is no apology yet from Kangana, but Balaji Telefilms has sent an official note regretting and apologising for the unfortunate events that took place at the song launch.  Read the statement from Balaji Telefilms below.

“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 7th, 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.

Our film JudgeMental Hai Kya releases on July 26th and we urge the media to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film,”

The sincere apology from Balaji Telefilms is welcome but what astounds one is that the statement doesn’t even mention Kangana’s name.  This statement seems to suggest that both Ranaut and the journalist ‘debated’ in a civil way but things turned unpleasant. For all those who have seen the video, we leave it upon them to decipher on what they thought of the altercation.

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Ekta Kapoor has requested the media to support her upcoming film.   We’d like to bring to Kapoor’s notice that in their letter to her, the EJG has clearly stated that will cover the film, its actors save for Ranaut, unless the actress reflects upon her conduct and tenders a public apology.  

Reacting on the statement by Balaji Telefilms, Sanjay Mishra, Chief Copy Editor, Navbharat Times Online, and one of the founding members of the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild says, “Our fight was never against Ekta Kapoor. As a matter of fact, our fight is not against Kangana Ranaut either. We are simply fighting for the dignity for entertainment journalists.  It takes courage for any reporter to ask a question in the presence of 100 people. Time and again we’ve seen how the emcees and some actors try to gag or bully journalists.  We immensely respect Kangana Ranaut for her outspoken views, but are against bullying of such kind. “

A short while ago, the EJG issued a statement welcoming Ekta Kapoor’s apology but reminded that the ban on the actress will continue.

“The Entertainment Journalists Guild appreciates Miss Ekta Kapoor’s support and sanding for it is right through her statement.

However, we will continue the ban on Miss Kangana Ranaut across all media platforms.” the EJG said in its statement.

Judgemental Hai Kya is set to be released on 26 July. The film stars Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in leading roles.

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