Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui faced controversy after appearing in a Sprite advertisement, leading to a case being brought against him and the CEO of Coca-Cola’s Indian division for allegedly “hurt feelings” of the Bengali community. Sprite India later released a statement apologizing for “unintentionally harming the community.” However, in a recent interview with the Hindustan Times, Nawazuddin broke his silence on the matter and expressed his support for the community.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Addresses Sprite Ad Controversy; he says: “I see a good thing that the creators apologized”
The actor acknowledged the objections of the community and stated that no person or community should be harmed. He further added that he respects all religions and communities and it was never his intention to hurt anyone’s feelings. Nawazuddin stated: “They apologized, right? What more can I say?”
He further added: “It is good to make sure that no person or community gets hurt. That was dubbing. I had no dialogue. I see it as a good thing that the creators took it in a good way and apologized. The fact is that no one should get hurt.”
To the inexperienced, the Bengali dubbing of a Sprite soft drink advertisement featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui caused controversy as he was accused of “hurt feelings” of the Bengali community. The ad promoted a new feature where shoppers can scan a given QR code to hear jokes, with the actor laughing at one of them. In the Bengali version, the joke about Bengalis preferring to sleep hungry if they get nothing easily was considered offensive.
The controversy led to a case being brought against the actor and the CEO of Coca-Cola India, which owns Sprite. The brand issued an apology for “inadvertently causing offense.”
Speaking of the professional front, the 48-year-old actor will soon be seen on Jogira Sara Ra Ra. Directed by Kushan Nandy, the film also stars Neha Sharma. Its release is scheduled for May 26, 2023.
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