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Jaya Bachchan's controversial clip

The music launch of Drona last weekend saw Jaya Bachchan making quite a controversial statement.

As the team -- including Priyanka Chopra and Shrishti Behl (director Goldie Behl's sister) -- spoke about the film in English on stage, Jaya Bachchan said that she would speak in Hindi because Drona was a Hindi film.

After her speech, the mike was passed back to Priyanka, who told the audiences that she would speak in Hindi too, like Mrs Bachchan.

Jaya Bachchan then intervened, stating, "Hum UP [Uttar Pradesh] ke log hai, isliye Hindi mein baat karenge. Maharashtra ke log maaf kariye."

Priyanka hails from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Even though Jaya Bachchan is a Bengali, her husband, Amitabh Bachchan, hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Jaya's statement has sparked a controversy as the Maharasthtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) saw red. Even the Shiv Sena party condemned her act by stating that there was no need for her to make that statement.

Her statement came at a time when Raj Thackeray, MNS supremo, has often criticised Amitabh Bachchan for showing more loyalty to his home state, Uttar Pradesh, rather than to Maharashtra.

What do you think about Jaya Bachchan's choice of words? Should we speak in Hindi because we hail from a particular place, or should we speak the language because it is our national language? Tell us!

Check out the video to hear Jaya Bachchan at the event

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