Journalists Thank Ekta for Support, But Continue Ban on Kangana
The Entertainment Journalists Guild has issued a fresh statement, thanking Ekta Kapoor, joint managing director of Balaji Telefilms, for her support, but has also refused to revoke the ban on Kangana Ranaut.
“The Entertainment Journalists Guild appreciates Ms Ekta Kapoor’s support and standing for what is right through her official statement. However, we will continue the ban on Ms Kangana Ranaut across all media platforms,” the statement reads.
Earlier today, Balaji Telefilms, the producers of the upcoming Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut-starrer Judgementall Hai Kya, had issued an official statement about the verbal duel between Kangana and PTI reporter Justin Rao which happened on Sunday.
The production house, headed by Ekta Kapoor, apologised for the incident. Here’s the complete statement released by Balaji Telefilms.
Official Statement from Balaji Telefilms:
To whomsoever it may concern:
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 apologise 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 JudgeMentall 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.
On Tuesday, the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India (EJGI) wrote an open letter addressed to producer Ekta Kapoor, asking her to condemn the incident where actor Kangana Ranaut lashed out at a journalist at a promotional event for their film Judgmentall Hai Kya. The letter also stated that the guild has decided to boycott Kangana.
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