Bharti Singh has issued a public apology for receiving flak over an old video in which she is seen cracking jokes about men with a long beards. While Bharti was seen generally talking about men and how their long beards can sometimes be an issue, a certain section on the internet has accused the actress-comedienne for hurting the sentiments of Sikhs.
The old video shows Bharti talking to actor Jasmin Bhasin when the latter made an appearance on her comedy series Bharti Ka Show on Shemaroo Comedy. Bharti says in the video, "Dhadhi mooch kyu nahi chahiye. Dhadhi mooch ke bade fayede hote hain. Dudh piyo, aise dhadi munh mein daalo, sewaiyon ka taste aata hai. Mere kaafi friends logo ki shaadi hui hai na, jinki itni itni dhaadi hai, saara din dhadi mein se jue nikalti rehti hai (what's wrong with beards and mustaches, they have many benefits. Drink milk, and then put the beard in your mouth, you will be able to taste sewaiyaan. Many of my friends have gotten married to men with long beards, and spend the entire day removing lice from them)."
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After facing backlash over the video, Bharti took to her Instagram account on Monday to apologise for her comments. She said in a video message, "For the past one or two days a video has been going viral. People have also sent this to me, sent messages that I have made fun of beards and mustaches. Please watch that video, I have not mentioned any religion or any caste in it, or that people of this religion keep such beards and face such problems."
Bharti added, "You can watch that video, I never said that Punjabi people keep beards. It was a genuine conversation, I was doing comedy with my friend. A lot of people keep beards and mustaches these days. But if people from any religion or caste have been hurt by my comments, I apologise to them with folded hands. I am a Punjabi myself, born in Amritsar, I will always keep Punjab's honour and I am proud of being a Punjabi."