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Katrina sorry for Rahul ‘half-Indian’ comment

July 20
Published on 21 Jul. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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The 27-year-old actor has apologised for her remarks about Rahul Gandhi in a recent interview to Media.
“I think the statement has been taken out of context, but if I have hurt anyone’s sentiments, I’m extremely sorry,” Katrina said on Tuesday. “I request media to not to make any controversy out of that, because it’s not the way the statement was made at all.”
The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara actor had said in an interview to media that she’s “half-Indian, just like Rahul Gandhi.” This caused a flutter in the Congress camp. Congress spokesperson, Manish Tiwari had reacted sharply to her remarks saying, “Katrina Kaif kaun hai, main nahi janta. Kal ko aap Johnny Lever ke bayan par pratikriya mangege. Raajniti ko kitna neeche lekar jayenge (I don’t know who Katrina Kaif is. Tomorrow, you will ask our reactions on Johnny Lever. To what levels will you bring politics down?).”
Congress on Tuesday reacted with contempt to cine star Katrina Kaif’s reported remarks describing Rahul Gandhi as half-Indian and half-Italian. “Who is she? I do not know.
Tomorrow, you will ask for our reaction on the statement of Johny Lever. To what level you want to bring down the level of the political discourse in the country?” party spokesperson Manish Tewari said when asked for his comments on Katrina’s remarks.
In an interview to media, the Katrina had said “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I am half- Asian, I mean, no! Rahul Gandhi is half-Indian, half-Italian. So? I am very proud of what I am and I just don’t understand the confusion – as if I’m trying to hide the fact that my mother’s a British. Why would I?” The report also had it that the actress, who’s constantly quizzed about having the surname Turquotte on her passport, said “….I am not the only half-Asian half-British person alive on this planet! My passport’s copies are with every news channel in this country – don’t ask me how they got them. Everyone has my name, which is my mother’s name, on the passport.”
Katrina had acted in noted film director Prakash Jha’s film ‘Rajneeti’ in which her reported similarities of accent with that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi had led to controversies initially.
Tewari, however, clarified his remarks on Johny Lever saying it was everyone’s responsibility to maintain the dignity of political discourse when asked whether he considers the job of a film comedian as an insignificant one.

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