Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has released two videos in which she targets journalists, claiming that some are "termites", "pseudo-liberal", "treacherous" and "attend press conferences only to get free food". "Three or four such journalists have now formed what they call a "guild", which does not even have a proper structure and are now threatening me that they'll ban me".
In the video, accompanying a tweet saying she is suffering from a high fever, Kangana starts off by saying that there are both good and bad people in media, and that she has found good friends and those who have had a role in her success.
Condemning Kangana's behaviour, members of the recently formed Entertainment Journalists' Guild of India (EJGI) on Tuesday collectively made a decision to boycott Kangana and demanded a public apology from the National Award-winning actress.
"I beg to you please ban me, because I don't want that you guys can make money out of me", Ranaut said in the video. The journalist replied that he has not done anything that the actress has said and post that we saw many media people raised the voice against Kangana. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn.
The statement by Balaji Telefilms, issued on behalf of Ekta Kapoor, urged the media "to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film". "He also ridiculed my film [Manikarnika, based on the life of Rani Lakshmibai] that was about a patriot for the country". The statement further read that "These so-called unprofessional Journalists mischievously seek to use public platform on every given opportunity, to illegally and criminally harass any celebrity including my said client, despite full knowledge that their illegal and criminal acts are not "freedom of speech but amounts to defamation".
In recent years, photographers briefly shunned Salman Khan following a scuffle with his bodyguard. "This section of journalists who relentlessly try to disturb the integrity and unity of a nation; the people who try to destroy the image of the country and keep propagating their anti-national thoughts, there's no penalty against such people in our constitution".
On Sunday, at the promotional event for Judgementall Hai Kya, Rao began to ask Ranaut a question.