Ayushmann Khurrana has come out in support of Priyanka Chopra, who has been at the receiving end of the Pakistan human rights ministry demanding to remove her as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Ayushmann said the actor represents India "really well" on global platforms. "Priyanka Chopra is representing our country very well. She is not an Indian icon but a global icon. Being a daughter of an army officer she is a good representative of India," he told reporters here at the "Aandhadhun" celebration.
On Wednesday, in a letter addressed to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the Bollywood actor supports the Indian government's policies on Kashmir. She further alleged that Chopra is in favour of a "nuclear war" between India and Pakistan. Mazari's letter came days after Chopra was verbally attacked at an event in the US by a Pakistani woman who had also accused the actor of encouraging nuclear war against her country.
Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Ayushmann said he is happy for the love and recognition pouring in for his 2018 crime-thriller, directed by Sriram Raghavan. At the 66th National Film Awards, the film won three awards - Best Hindi Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (Ayushmann). "The celebration is happening for all the win including National award among other things for our film. Every actor does have a bucket list of what they want, like every actor I did aspire to win a National Award as an actor I am glad I won that for 'Aandhadhun'.
"The film is a case study, it is a genre-defying film as it a dark film with elements of humour. The best part is our film did exceptionally well globally as well."
Talking about the work pressure Ayushmann said, "More than the pressure you get encouragement to do something different and entertaining." The cast and crew of Aandhadhun including Raghavan, actors Tabu, Manav Vij, Zakir Hussain, Ajit Andhare from Viacom18 Motion Pictures were present at the party.
"The success of 'Aandadhun' still continues. It (National Award) is a big moment for the entire team. Awards doesn't mean a lot, but National Award does hold a significance. It is a prestigious thing," Tabu said.
(With PTI inputs)