The incident happened Tuesday evening at the recording of an interactive interview. A man, apparently from Punjab, piped in to accuse her of ‘not being a Punjabi’.
Said a member of Priyanka’s entourage, “Priyanka was taken aback by the accusation. At first she laughed it off saying she is very much Punjabi. But the man kept piping in loudly with his allegation. Priyanka finally told him to shut up and quit before he faces the consequence of her wrath.”
The man soon after disappeared from the venue, but Priyanka, known to be extremely warm to fans, was hurt by the vehemence of the accusation.
Apparently the man kept insinuating she had done nothing for Punjab and Punjabis.
The spokesperson for ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ confirmed the incident adding: “It was weird and inopportune. Priyanka’s Punjabiyat had nothing to do with the occasion. We don’t know where the man came from and where he disappeared to. But the whole incident was suspicious.”
Priyanka’s father is Punjabi while her mother is from Jharkhand.
Priyanka spent her growing years in Rai Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. This is the first time her Punjabi antecedents were questioned, and that too in full public view.
She is far from amused.