Kangana Ranaut is in the middle of a controversy again. At the launch event of the Judgementall Hai Kya song Wakhra Swag, she lashed out at a journalist for bashing Manikarnika. When Justin Rao introduced himself, she immediately dug up the old topic and said, “You were bashing Manikarnika. Have I done anything wrong by making a film on nationalism? You called me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism.” To which the journalist replied that he hadn’t tweeted anything along the same lines. “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position”, he said.
Twitter was quick to react to the spat. Detailing the sequence of events, another journo wrote, “ On #JudgementalHaiKya song launch tonight, #Kangana Ranaut intimidated a PTI journalist by falsely accusing him of running a smear campaign against her.
If Kangana gets into trouble, can her sister Rangoli be far behind? She sprung up to support Kangana. “It’s a shame that Justin Rao used to pretend to be her friend but when she spoke against cow slaughter and made nationalist film he did major smear campaign against her”, she wrote.
Yesh dekho beshram @JustinJRao journalist ko, woh jisne tumhe aazadi di hai, usi ki khilli udao, How dare he mock Manikarnika’s name and openly lie that he never wrote anything about it, lekin Kangana ko khilli udane wali hasi kabhi nahin bhoolti....(contd) pic.twitter.com/S5tThLSgLp— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 8, 2019
(Contd)....its a shame that @JustinJRao used to pretend to be her friend but when she spoke against cow slaughter and made nationalist film he did major smear campaign against her.— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 8, 2019
(Contd)....she is very honest and transparent and that makes her who she is ?— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 8, 2019
Apni media ki halat dekho, jabse Kangana ne Modi ji ko support kiya hai aur nationalist film banai hai, yeh sab so called liberals uski jaan ke dushman ban gaye hain, yehi @JustinJRao blush karta hua Kangana ke aage peeche ghumta tha...(contd) pic.twitter.com/memoQwIlia— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 8, 2019
(Contd)...aur phir dekho kya dushman ban gaya ... how can they mock a national hero like Manikarnika for their petty mind set. Government should take strict action against them ?— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 8, 2019
Some Twitteratis slammed Kangana for taking a jibe at the reporter.
Great to see journos standing up to #FarziNationalists like #Kangana.— The DeshBhakt (@akashbanerjee) July 8, 2019
Questioning them or flop #Manikarnika makes you question Nationalism??
Not only did @JustinJRao stand his ground - he shut the MC trying to silence him.
Kudos to @ektaravikapoor for allowing journo to finish. pic.twitter.com/Vuf7ZbAXj9
Just another star being unhappy with a journalist for doing his job. They all want cheerleaders. In the name of being candid KG is bashing the guy in front of all and cameras. Demeaning the work.@JustinJRao you did very well.https://t.co/l7OBZoCrxa— Ujwal Kr Singh (@UjwalKS) July 8, 2019
Now fans have started trolling journalists... Guys we don’t have a problem with fan base. We are asking for proofs. Stop digging past lets talk about yesterday ..do u think #KanganaRanaut was right in her approach towards @JustinJRao ?— Reporter_PoojaN (@nawathepooja) July 8, 2019
#KanganaRanaut and @Rangoli_A , kudos to the journalist @JustinJRao who dared to ask you valid questions and exposed your bullying and hypocrisy. Its time for the public to see your dual face and how success went on to your head. pic.twitter.com/dVTSfVzgxN— Barafeeli (@Indiansnowwoman) July 7, 2019
On the other hand, some people went all out to support Kangana Ranaut.
well said Kangana & @Rangoli_A— GAZAL (@Gazal_khanna) July 8, 2019
just because you are a journalist, doesn't mean you have right to right anything about someone...of course it's a democratic right to have your opinion but at the same time, you can't abuse it and journalist like @JustinJRao should be exposed openly
@JustinJRao is anything but a genuine journalist when he clearly crosses all limits of fairness and impartiality towards his subjects. He was lying @ 42s. His pinned Tweet bashing Kangana Manikarnika is ?Media guy yelling & disrupting @ 55s is worse. Shame on BULLIES in media. pic.twitter.com/3sBzw00I1R— JediKnight (@hi_midichlorian) July 8, 2019
This @JustinJRao is clearly one of those hypocritical fake liberals who don't even understand that nationalism & feminism are two separate things and can coexist! I'm glad u posted the proofs and called out his lies and prejudice. Over to you @JustinJRao.— Rohit Mujumdar (@MujumdarRohit) July 8, 2019
In her argument with the journalist, Kangana said that Justin had come to her vanity van before and spent three hours there. “Of course there can be differences, but I have given you interviews before. You came to my van to interview me during Manikarnika, spent at least three hours there and we had lunch together. However, things have changed drastically after that. You had messaged me also, so don’t tell me I am trying to intimidate you.”
The journalist, however, confirmed that he hadn’t texted Kangana and the interview lasted only half an hour. “If you have the prejudice of twisting whatever I say, I cannot speak to you”, the actor added. Kangana also said that the journalist was harming her brand by saying these things and he had conducted smear campaigns against her.
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