DEEPIKA Padukone will reportedly skip the grand event of her upcoming film, Project K at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) on Wednesday. The news comes in the wake of the ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in the US.
The actor, who made her international movie debut in 2017 with xXx: Return of Xander Cage, will be skipping the event to express her solidarity with the union. “With the SAG-AFTRA strike underway, the union has specified that actors cannot provide promotional or publicity services. That extends to appearances at conventions, such as the San Diego Comic-Con. Accordingly, as a member of SAG-AFTRA and in line with their membership regulations, Deepika Padukone will not be attending,” a report by PTI cited an industry insider as saying.
Recently, Priyanka Chopra too pledged her solidarity with the strike after the shoot of her upcoming film, Head of State was brought to a halt. The actor took to her Instagram account to share a post amid the strike that read, “I stand with my union and colleagues. In solidarity, we build a better tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the grand announcement of Project K will be held with a special event on the first day of San Diego Comic Con. Deepika’s co-stars from the movie, Prabhas and Kamal Haasan have already arrived in the US to unveil the film’s official title, trailer, and release date.
In an official statement, Nag Ashwin spoke about the film’s launch at Comic Con and said, “We are thrilled to present Project K’s debut at San Diego Comic-Con. India’s storytelling tradition has ancient roots, with its epics serving as the origins for many civilizations worldwide.”
He added, “A world as big as this needs a platform as big to introduce it to the people. Comic-Con felt like the perfect place, where the honesty and enthusiasm needed for ‘Project K’ will be found,” the filmmaker said.
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