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Rohingyas aware of Priyanka's identity

  • Published at 03:31 pm May 22nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:42 pm May 23rd, 2018
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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at Shamlapur camp Abdul Aziz/Dhaka Tribune

Several thousands of Rohingya refugees surrounded Priyanka during her visit

Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh to escape the Myanmar army's violence are quite aware of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's identity.

Which is why, when she came to visit the Rohingya camps in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar, they flocked around her to get one glimpse of their favourite actress.

Priyanka arrived for a four-day visit to the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar on Monday. She visited Hariakhali and Unchiprang camps in Sabrang in Teknaf on Tuesday morning, and the Balukhali camp in Ukhiya in the afternoon. 

Priyanka went to several Unicef-provided children’s centres in the camps and talked with the afflicted children there. Several thousands of Rohingya refugees surrounded Priyanka during her visit.

"Why would I not recognize Priyanka Chopra?" said Rohingya youth Saiful Alam, who was one among the thousands. "I have watched countless films of her. I feel immensely glad that I got to her see her in reality."

Similar sentiments were echoed by another Rohingya youth Abul Kalam. In his words, it felt like a "dream come true" to see Priyanka in real life. "We know the names of most of the Bollywood actors and actresses."

Leader of Balukhali Rohingya camp Lalu Majhi said: "Even though the literacy rate in Rakhine is minimal, we were acquainted with a lot of international issues. The Rohingyas were aware of the proper usage of TVs and mobile networks. As a result, they possessed a good idea of international culture as well as the local culture."

Lalu Majhi further confirmed that Rakhine was infiltrated widely by Indian films. Rohingyas had no difficulty recognizing Priyanka, who is a lead actress in the industry.

On Monday, after taking a flight to Cox’s Bazaar airport at 11:30am, the actor first went to her hotel in Inani and later reached Shamalpur Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila by road at around 4:30pm, where she spoke to the refugees. 

On Wednesday, Priyanka is set to visit Leda Rohingya camp in Teknaf and Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya. She will leave Cox's Bazar on May 24.

Priyanka Chopra is visiting the camps in the capacity of goodwill ambassador of Unicef. The Bollywood actor has previously worked for causes related to the environment, health, education, and women’s rights. Last year, she visited Jordan to meet refugee children from Syria.