All is not well in Kangana Ranaut’s world these days. The sassy actress got herself into a fierce conflict with a journo at a recent promotional event for her movie Judgementall Hai Kya. And now all the media has decided to boycott her. Now, this can’t be good news at all when her movie is about to release in a fortnight. NO publicity is definitely a bummer. The Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India has given her the ultimatum – either apologise or stay eclipsed from their cameras and news coverage forever.
Earlier the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild released a statement saying, “We, the members of Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India, demand a written public statement from you, Balaji Films and Ms Ranaut, condemning the incident and in particular Ms Ranaut’s behaviour. We as a guild, collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and give any media coverage”. The Press Club also echoed the sentiment stating, “We the Press Club of India are aghast, anguished and shocked at the incident involving an actress of Bollywood using uncivilised, uncultured, filthy and abusive language against the media persons. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. This behaviour and hurling abuses towards journalists is unacceptable.”
Well, if you understand Kangana even a little bit, you would know that the girl is not the one to back down. In return, the actress has given the press an ultimatum of her own – she’s sent the Guild a legal notice demanding either lift the ban and “rectify all wrong so committed” or face some strict action from her.
What is the Legal Notice All About?
The legal notice, that has been sent to both Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India and the Press Club, is titled “Your wrongful, immoral, unethical and illegal acts of lending support to a Journalist named Mr Justin Rao, who is not only accused of indulging in unprofessional and illegal activities by intentionally violating norms of Journalistic Conduct and various other provisions of the Press Council of India Act, 1978 by openly ridiculing, insulting, annoying, criminally intimidating and defaming my client Ms. Kangana Ranaut but is also guilty and liable to be tried under various provisions of Indian Penal Code.”
The notice also has some heavy and hard words: “ (Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India and the Press Club have) jointly and severally have illegally formed a ‘cartel’ and are mischievously not only seeking to openly encourage Journalist/s in ridiculing, insulting, annoying, criminally intimidating and defaming my client Ms. Kangana Ranaut, but are also using force and threats (of enforcing an illegal ban on her as an Artist in her trade as a Hindi Film Heroine) and to make my client surrender to such criminal acts, and thereby seek an apology which prima facie also amounts to ‘criminal extortion’.”
So Who Has the Upper Hand So Far?
Well, it would surely be interesting to watch who would hoist the white flag. But there is already some inkling of who would bow down first. Here are some facts: the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild is not really a registered body and thus doesn’t have legal standing. Actually, it was only formed after the journo Justin Rao got into the word vomit with Kangana Ranaut. Moreover, the Press Club is nothing more than a meeting point for journos and doesn’t really represent media guys, not officially at least. Will they be able to bear Manikarnika actress’ repeated blows? That surely is something to watch.
Game is definitely on!