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    Bollywood Superstar Faces Media Ban After Smear Campaign

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian filmstar Kangana Ranaut has allegedly threatened a journalist and acted in an unforthcoming manner toward the representative of the press - evoking a sharp response from the media fraternity, and prompting the Entertainment Journalists' Guild of India (EJCI) to boycott the superstar until she apologises.

    Kangana had a nasty argument with journalist Justin Rao earlier in the week, for allegedly running a smear campaign against her. But the guild on Tuesday informed Kangana’s upcoming film producer Ekta Kapoor that they would be boycotting the actress.

    "We, as a guild, have collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and not give her any media coverage," read the letter addressed to producer Kapoor. As Kangana happens to be one of the leading ladies in Bollywood delivering several blockbusters like “Queen” and the “Tanu Weds Manu” series, her fans were clearly upset and slammed the guild for its decision.

    While some supported Kangana for being bold and denied any wrongdoing on her part, some fans also slammed the “paid media” for defaming their beloved star.

    One user even questioned the legitimacy of the media body calling for the ban, claiming that people hadn’t even heard of the “Entertainment Journalist’s Guild of India” before.

    However, countering the allegations placed by the actress’s supporters, many netizens including prominent journalists, stood up against Kangana and demanded an apology from the actress.

    They also shared the video of the incident asserting that the outspoken actress did indeed “cross the line”.

     

    Meanwhile, Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel who makes up for the absence of the actress on Twitter, spoke on the matter reiterating Kangana’s allegations, and asserting that there was no question of the actress apologizing to the journalist.

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