Actress Sonakshi Sinha found herself in the midst of an unfortunate controversy after she used the word “bhangi” in one of her recent interviews, the actress issued an apology after the Valmiki Samaj held protests against the actress in Uttar Pradesh.
It was reported that members of the Valmiki community, offended by Sonakshi’s reference to their community, burnt the actress’ effigy in Moradabad. Hours after, Sonakshi said in a statement that her comments were “unintentional” and “un-derogatory” and that she meant no harm to the Valmiki community.
“With reference to an interview I did with Siddharth Kanan on July 23, 2019, I place on record that I have tremendous regard and respect for the Valmiki Samaj and all their valuable contributions to our society and country. If any person or community has been hurt by the usage of any word by me, despite it being unintentional and un-derogatory to anyone, I humbly apologise for the same,” read Sonakshi Sinha’s statement released in both English and Hindi.
Next, Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in Mission Mangal, which is directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by Akshay Kumar, R. Balki, Aruna Bhatia, and Anil Naidu.
The film stars an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya and Sonakshi Sinha and is loosely based on the story of scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, which marked India’s first interplanetary expedition.
It is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on 15 August 2019.