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PeeCee gets trolled for her ‘My dad used to sing in mosque’ comment in Oprah’s show

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra recently sat down with Emmy award winner host Oprah Winfrey to talk about her memoir ‘Unfinished’ in particular, her Bollywood career, Nick Jonas, family and more. During the interaction, Oprah spoke about spirituality in India and PeeCee stated, “I grew up in a convent school. I was aware of Christianity. My dad used to sing in a mosque, I was aware of Islam. I grew up in a Hindu family, I was aware of that.”

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Priyanka’s comment on her dad Ashok Chopra singing at a mosque and her being aware of Islamic religion got her heavily trolled. Several Twitterati took to their handle to brickbat the actress. One of the users wrote, “My dad also used to sing in a Mosque. Nothing else happened, people just thought he was very weird for doing that since Masjid mein antakshari nahi khelte.”

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While another posted, “I think Priyanka Chopra is confused between dargah and a mosque.”

While discussing PeeCee’s ‘Unfinished’,  Oprah said that it made her reflect on her own trips to India, “One of the things that were so powerful is the spiritual energy there. The sense of connectedness between people and prayer.”

Asserting that “it is all so present”, Oprah asked the 38-year-old actress whether she had a spiritual foundation growing up. To this Priyanka replied, “I think in India it`s hard not to, you’re right with the swirling number of religions that we have that live within the country as well. I grew up in a convent school when I went to school I was aware of Christianity, my dad used to sing in a mosque, (so) I was aware of Islam, I grew up in a Hindu family I was aware of that. So, spirituality is such a large part of India that you can’t ignore it.”

Upon being asked about her family life, Priyanka said, “Also my family really believed in having a higher power and having a sense of faith. This is again something my dad used to tell me, he was like basically, religion is all a way to get to supreme power and every religion has a different face to the same direction where we`re going – whatever your face is, whatever your version of that is, its just a means to an end. And so, I am a Hindu and I pray, I have a temple in my home, I do it as often as I can. But at the same time to me I am truly more spiritual I feel – I am a believer of the fact that a higher power does exist and I like to have faith in that.”

Currently, the star is spending time promoting her book in the UK where she will also shoot for the Russo Brothers web series ‘Citadel’ with actor Richard Madden. Her recent performance in ‘The White Tiger’ with Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gaurav was loved by her fans. The actress will also be seen in big productions such as ‘Tex For You’ and ‘Matrix 4’ with Keanu Reeves.

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