Priyanka slams Mallika for calling India 'regressive'

Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra condemned her fellow actress Mallika Sherawat for calling India a "regressive nation for women" on an international platform.

Monday, May 27, 2013 | 6:41:48 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra condemned her fellow actress Mallika Sherawat for calling India a "regressive nation for women" on an international platform.

Priyanka is "highly offended" by the "Murder" girl's statement at the recently concluded 66th Cannes International Film Festival.

"I think we are a progressive nation. I disagree that we are a regressive nation. We are all sitting here and talking about educating the girl child, taking our country forward. I think it's a misrepresentation of what our great nation is on the world platform," said the actress Monday at the launch of a mobile application by Unicef, of which she is an ambassador.

"It was something of which I felt extremely offended by," she added.

Calling Mallika's statement an "extreme misrepresentation" of India and "unfair", Priyanka said: "When it comes to Mallika's statements, I think they were very callous and I don't agree with her. It was upsetting for me as a woman. It was upsetting for me as a girl who comes from India. I think it was extreme misrepresentation of our nation. I don't think it's fair."

Hailing from a Jat family in Haryana, 36-year-old Mallika made her debut in Bollywood in 2003 with "Khwahish". Later, she went on to do international projects like Jackie Chan-starrer 2005 film "The Myth", followed by "Hisss" and "Politics of Love".

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Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 6:30am
so damn agree with you u

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Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 3:04am
I m a big fan of priyanka chopra!!!

and I totally agree with her statement here..I dont say India is is not but it is also progressive by progressive we mean we are working towards gicing women their rights..and a regressive nation means where we are taking away the rights already given to women...much like progressive and regressive evolution...

an increase from 0.35 to 0.5 is progressive and even a decrease from 0.98 to 0.97 is regressive...
so it doesnt indicate how good or bad a country is but which way it is leading-frontwords or backwards...and here can be no ambiguity about India..

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Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 1:25am
The India she lives in is quite progressive but there's another part of India where woman are still not able to express themselves freely.
They are forced to keep their faces covered, they are banned from carrying mobiles, they are raped, they are judged on the basis of their clothing and lifestyle!
I don't understand how all this is not regressive?
And why is Ms. PC is so 'highly offended'?
For PC, India may not be regressive for her life is perfect but there are woman out there who fall prey to the regressive thinking of the society daily.

Having said this, Mallika is a stupid woman who half of the time talks rubbish. Her interview was hillarious.. She even claimed to be the first Indian woman to wear bikini onscreen! lol. But the regressive remarks, though harsh, were not fully baseless.

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Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 12:26am
Exactly Agree with You Priyanka Chopra...Faults are in every nation that doesnt make India regressive ..will mallika jee had used her brain a lil bit

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Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 12:05am
Love u Priyanka Chopra.
PC rocks.

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Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 11:50pm
pc u rck...proud 2 b ur fan!!!!!

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Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 10:53pm
I agree with You Priyanka..though we are still not fully progressive & Woman abuse is happening everywhere..its got nothing to do with woman liberation..its our law which is not Good..I feel..& it can be said that its is MEN who are at fault not the country as a whole ...!!

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Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 10:25pm
i saw mallikas interview...pathetic n her fake accent...uff...and she called herself the first actress to kiss n wear a bikini...rofl

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Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 9:31pm
Having lived outside India for past 15 years and learning about whole world .. guys.. India is no better or worse than any other country today when it comes to treating women/female.. We have come a long way, so progressive is the right world.. Progressive does not meant perfect.. And if it is about overall system, yes there are flaws but flaws are in system of each country. So many religions working together and so many women in powerful roles, such high ratio of girls going too professional colleges, very high ratio of girls outperforming boys in schools/colleges, female prime minister, female president, good or bad SOnia Gandhi is among top 50 most influential women in the world, you won't find these statistics in any other part of the world..

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Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 9:24pm
I dont like Malika ..I mean she is just an airhead it seems a lot of the time.

However, there are many issues occurring in India now and to completely disregard that is just as stupid.

There are still very regressive thoughts..ideas and principles in India..especially where women are concerned. I dont need to bring up the various cases in the news cause we all know about them and the details are disgusting and disturbing...and it also shows a society where women/girls are considered less than human.

With all the being said..there has been a recent uproar in India over all these issues..women are standing up for themselves, and people are denouncing the crimes against women and children.

India is at a very interesting and delicate time..with old clashing against new in a much more aware society, where social media plays a pivotal role in condemning a still misogynist society and where women are working to gain control over their freedom and rights

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