Published On: Mon, Oct 17th, 2016

I’m patriot but why artists always suffer: Priyanka



After Pakistan-India tension we have witnessed actor’s response from both sides of the boarders. Now Bollywood top actress Priyanka Chopra states as a “patriot” that she would go along with whatever the government decides on the issue. However, she has also raised a question that why only actors are singled out in these discussions.

Priyanka Chopra’s late father Ashok Chopra was an army officer and the former Miss World stated in an interview about the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, “I have read about it. It’s tricky because first of all artistes and actors are always held responsible for every bigger political agenda that happens in the country.”

She further added “Why not business (men), politicians, doctors and why not anyone else except for public people, who are not actors in the movie industry?”

The leading lady of famous American TV show Quantico said that “I am extremely patriotic. So, whatever my government decides is important to keep the country safe. I go with that, but at the same time, I don’t believe that artistes are a representation of — at least there hasn’t been an actor who has done something which has harmed someone’s life out of malice or anything.”


According to her “if someone needs to be hung, the one person that’s picked up is an artiste or a public person from the movie business. That to me is not fair”.

She further expressed her patriotism, “I am appalled by what happened in Uri and we need to stand up and protect our country. We have been an extremely peaceful nation for so many centuries. We have never been those who go out and fight. We are from the land of (Mahatma) Gandhi. We are all about non-violence,”

She further continued by saying that “There are a lot of diverse people with a lot of different views and belonging to a lot of different religions. They have had different sort of upbringing. It’s (India is) a difficult country to govern, yet we have managed so well,”

Priyanka further gave an opinion about the safety and security in the country. “We should be concerned about keeping the rest of our sons and the rest of our soldiers safe and that needs to be the focus. We always lose our focus and comment on something else because that’s what that makes noise and because people talk about it and media carries it,”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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