Priyanka Chopra is one of those few people who made a name for themselves very early in their lives. She became Miss World when she was all of 17 and then went on to give stellar performances in many big Bollywood films, alongside huge stars. Not just that, the actress has also established her name internationally and is known for her work in the show, The Quantico. But even after achieving so much and having a fan base that is spread across the world, a few Congress leaders in Assam want her to be removed as the brand ambassador of the state. The reason? They feel her photos on the New Year calendar printed by Assam Tourism shows her “inappropriately dressed”.
It all started when Assam Tourism released a calendar with photos of the Bollywood actress. According to the Deccan Chronicle, a few Congress leaders were not happy with what Priyanka was wearing in the photos. They felt that her ‘minimal clothes’ will not depict the state’s culture in the right sense and will bring a bad name to Assam. They felt that she should have worn the traditional mekhela sador for the calendar instead of a “frock”. Failing to do so has resulted in demands of her removal as the brand ambassador of the state. According to reports, Congress members Rupjyoti Kurmi, Roseline Tirkey and Nandita Das are at the forefront of this demand.
Talking to G Plus, a Guwahati-based newspaper, Jayanta Malla Baruah, Chairman of Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) said that the calendar was made to promote Assam internationally and that it has also been sent to prominent international tour operators and dignitaries. “Priyanka Chopra is an international figure and her presentation in the calendar has not diminished Assam’s culture in any way,” he added.
Priyanka has been courting many controversies currently. Just last week, she came under the spotlight when the Nirav Modi fraud broke, as the actress is the brand ambassador for the embattled brand. Even last year, she was dragged into an unnecessary row when she met India Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a western dress. Many people trolled her for “showing legs”. But she gave them a befitting response.
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