Deepika Padukone Becomes Top Twitter Trend After She Visits JNU (Photo Credit: Twitter@AmitMishra)
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone in an extremely brave feat in itself visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to express solidarity with the students who were attacked by a mob. While other Bollywood celebs chose to stay silent or closely guarded in their words, Deepika's ac triggered netizens to trend her on Twitter, some in favour while some, in support of the ruling BJP government against her.
The 'Chhapaak' actress ruled social media with millions of tweets on different hashtags.
Both #ISupportDeepika and #BoycottChhapaak were top trends on Twitter in India, just hours after the actor’s visit to the campus. Among those who applauded her gesture were industralists, Bollywood celebs like Swara Bhaska.
We live in a time when watching a film feels like an act of rebellion. #ISupportDeepika— Ankur Pathak (@aktalkies) January 7, 2020
Many like Delhi Unit of the BJP Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga demanded boycott of her movie. Bagga tweeted: "RT if you will Boycott Movies of @deepikapadukone for her Support to #TukdeTukdeGang and Afzal Gang."
I have stopped watching Bollywood long back but I was thinking to go for chhapaak because of story plot based on good cause. But..— à¤…à¤µà¤¿à¤¨à¤¾à¤¶ à¤•à¥Âà¤®à¤¾à¤° (@Avinash4help) January 8, 2020
Your stunt will be a case study in marketing disastrous strategies...
wrong pick @deepikapadukone
So I appeal to all don't watch#BoycottChhapaak pic.twitter.com/2vtZkQ49Ig
The actor reached the university campus at around 7.40 pm and attended a public meeting, called by JNU Teacher's Association and JNUSU in response to Sunday's attack on students and teachers by a masked mob armed with sticks and rods.
Deepika stood as former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was raising azaadi slogans and left by the time current president Aishe Ghosh started speaking.
The actor's decision to not address the crowd prompted Ghosh to comment, "when you are in a position, you should speak up". "There are many people in Bollywood who do not put forth their views when they are not be aired. They are considered role models. I appeal to them: Make inspiring films after something has happened but when you are in that position, also talk about the story that is currently happening," she said.
Later, Ghosh told PTI that Deepika expressed solidarity with the JNU students. Deepika is in the capital to promote her upcoming release, Meghna Gulzar-directed "Chhapaak".
On Monday, the 34-year-old actor told a news channel that she feels proud that people have come out and raised their voice without fear, in reference to the protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the National Register of Citizens and violence in JNU.
"I feel proud to see that we aren't scared to express ourselves... I think the fact that we are thinking about the country and its future.... Whatever may be our point of view, it's nice to see," Deepika told NDTV India.
"I feel proud about it that people are coming out -- be it on the streets or wherever they are -- they are raising their voice and expressing themselves as it is important. If we want to see change in life and society, it is important that a point of view be put forward," she added.
Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak goes to the theaters on January 10.