Government knows how to take a jibe, says Smriti Irani on Rajkumar Rao's remarks

Union minister Smriti Irani said today that the BJP government at the Centre is tolerant and it understands that a joke should be taken as a joke.

Published: 20th November 2017 10:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2017 10:26 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister for Textiles and Information Broadcasting Smriti Irani addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

PANAJI: Union minister Smriti Irani said today that the BJP government at the Centre is tolerant and it understands that a joke should be taken as a joke.

The information and broadcasting minister was speaking at the inauguration of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

Her remarks came in response to a banter actor Rajkumar Rao threw at her at the event.

Rao, who was co-hosting the event with actor Radhika Apte, said it was a co-incidence that film director Majid Majidi was an "Irani", just like the Union minister was.

Hearing the remarks, the Union minister smiled.

Later, in her address at the event, Smriti Irani said: "Rajkumar Rao, this (incident) should be known to the rest of the country, that you poked fun only at a minister. And it showed as a government how tolerant we are."

Majidi's film 'Beyond the Clouds' inaugurated the film festival. Starring Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan in lead roles, the film is based on life in Mumbai.

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