Kangana Ranaut joked about Will Smith punching Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night, referring to him as a “Sanghi.” In its strict sense, the term “sanghi” refers to a member of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) or its affiliates in India, but it is often loosely applied to individuals who share its political beliefs. Kangana sarcastically compared Will to a Sanghi in a meme about the Oscars slapping incident, and added that the Hollywood actor is also a raucous person like her.
On Tuesday, Kangana shared the meme on her Instagram Stories. It included a collage of Will Smith’s photos, two of which showed him practising Hindu rites such as prayers. During their encounter in 2020, the third image showed him posing for a photo with spiritual teacher Sadhguru. He smacked Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in the fourth photo.
The pictures were respectively captioned, “Pooja bhi karta hu, jaap bhi karta hu, kahi devta na ban jaau, isiliye faaltu jokes par haath saaf bhi karta hu (I pray, I chant hymns also. So that I don’t become a God, I also slap people on hearing useless jokes).” Kangana added her own opinion to the meme, writing, “Hence proved Will is Sanghi…woh bhi bigda hua like me (he is also rowdy like me).” She also added a series of fire emojis at the end of her message.
It comes after she defended Will’s action at the event, for which he has now apologised. Kangana had written in support of the actor, “If some idiot used my mom or sister’s illness to make bunch of fools laugh I would slap him like @willsmith did.”