Ayushmann Khurrana praises Priyanka Chopra amidst Pak row: She is representing India very well

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Ayushmann Khurrana has come out in support of Priyanka Chopra, who has been at the receiving end of the Pakistan human rights ministry demanding to remove her as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.

Ayushmann said the actor represents India “really well” on global platforms. “Priyanka Chopra is representing our country very well. She is not an Indian icon, but a global icon. Being a daughter of an army officer she is a good representative of India,” he told reporters at a party that celebrated the success of Andhadhun’s win at the National Awards.

On Wednesday, in a letter addressed to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the Bollywood actor supports the Indian government’s policies on Kashmir. She further alleged that Chopra is in favour of a “nuclear war” between India and Pakistan.

Mazari’s letter came days after Chopra was verbally attacked at an event in the US by a Pakistani woman who had also accused the actor of encouraging nuclear war against her country.

This was in light of Priyanka’s tweet from February 26, a day after the Balakot air strikes in Pakistan by the Indian Air Force. Priyanka’s tweet supported the move, as she had written, “Jai Hind!” and hashtagged the Indian Armed Forces.

Meanwhile, Ayushmann said he is happy for the love and recognition pouring in for his 2018 crime-thriller, directed by Sriram Raghavan. At the 66th National Film Awards, the film won three awards – Best Hindi Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (Ayushmann).

“The celebration is happening for all the wins, including National Award among other things for our film. Every actor does have a bucket list of what they want, like every actor I did aspire to win a National Award.

“As an actor I am glad I won that for Aandhadhun,” said Ayushmann, adding, “The film is a case study, it is a genre-defying film as it a dark film with elements of humour. The best part is our film did exceptionally well, even globally.”

Published by Amrit Santlani on 23 Aug 2019

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