Jim Sarbh the actor who played the terrorist in Neerja and Ranveer Singh’s androgynous sidekick-lover in Padmaavat , was probably trying to be the life and soul of the party at the Cannes Film Festival this week, when he cracked a joke that insults not just rape victims but also Punjabis.
The laughter that Kangana greeted the “joke” with has resonated right back to India fron Cannes shocking the entire film industry.
A director who worked with Kangana says, “I don’t know who this Sarbh is. I guess he was looking for attention in Cannes.But more than the supposed joke I am offended by Kangana’s laughter at the joke. She loves to pose as a champion of women’s empowerment. I’d like to ask her what is so empowering about a rape joke or a dig atPunjabis?”
Earlier it was Salman Khan who faced ferocious flak for making a rape reference during the promotion of his film Sultan.
Perhaps actors need their lines in public to be pre-rehearsed and severely screened to avoid making a fool of themselves.