Deepika Padukone at JNU Protests: Twitter explodes with divided opinion

On Tuesday, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone stood by JNU students during the protests against the masked-mod attack. She was present as the JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar gave a speech at the Sabarmati Hostel.

The ‘Chhapaak’ movie star was in the national capital to promote her upcoming film. On Tuesday evening the actress joined the student’s clan outside JNU campus as they silently protested against the masked-mob attack that took place on Sunday. Deepika Padukone met the students and JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh to express solidarity and concern.

At a time when most A-lister Bollywood celebs are choosing to stay silent on the JNU attack, the actress has shown a great deal of courage by standing up for what is right according to her. Oher Bollywood stars like Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashya and Vishal Bhardwaj also joined the silent protests at Carter Road in Mumbai. Deepika’s stand against the brutal act has stirred a Twitter war where some lauded her presence at the JNU campus and few others accused her of supporting the Tukde Tukde Gang. Some Netizens even pointed out her sly means of promoting Meghna Gulzar’s directorial ‘Chhapaak’ that is scheduled to release on 10 January.

Several hashtags like #DeepikaPadukone, #BoycottChhapaak, #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone and #BoycottDeepikaPadukone have been trending on Twitter since Tuesday evening. Currently, the Twitterverse is divided between Deepika haters and those who respect her.

Celebrities like Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Khatri and Prakash Raj came out in support of the ‘Padmavat’ actor. Read their tweets.

Rana Ayyub pointed out that Deepika acted quite bravely as she appeared at a politically charged event just two days before the release of her film. Not only is she the lead actor but also a major producer in the film. Evidently, she knows the stakes are highfor her.

There were those high profile Twitterati who spread hate and trolled Deepika for being a part of the event. Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, Payal Rohtagi and Nupur Sharma were amongst others who condemned Deepika’s act.


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