Deepika Padukone’s JNU visit to express solidarity with the students divides twitterati: ‘#ISupportDeepika’ and ‘#BoycottChhapaak’ trends simultaneously
Deepika Padukone is making headlines due to various reasons. The actor who is on a promotional spree for her upcoming flick ‘Chhapaak’ is leaving no stone unturned to make her film reach in all the corners. Amidst promotions, the leggy lass of Bollywood, grabbed eyeballs with her presence at the protest at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Deepika visited JNU around 7.30 pm and stayed at the campus for some time. The actor did not speak at JNU but was seen silently standing with the attacked students, including the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh. Former student leader and youth politician Kanhaiya Kumar is also seen in the pictures. For the unversed, a masked mob entered the campus of the university and attacked the students and faculty members with sticks and iron rods.
As soon as the pictures and videos of Deepika Padukone’s JNU visit surfaced online, BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga called people to boycott her films alleging that she’s in support of the ‘TukdeTukde Gang’ and in no time Twitterati got #BoycottChhapaak trending. He tweeted “RT if you will boycott movies of Deepika Padukone for her support to #TukdeTukdeGang and Afzal Gang.”
On the other hand, the actress’ stand was lauded by film fraternity folks such Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhasker, Sonakshi Sinha, Bhumi Pednekar among others. Several prominent personalities from Bollywood have condemned the violence at JNU by speaking out on social media and attending protests in their city, however it is only Deepika from the industry who actually visited the campus and interacted with the students.
In no time, two hashtags simultaneously started trending on social media. ‘#ISupportDeepika’ was used by those who lauded the actor for her move, despite the repercussions she might face. A number of people on Twitter also used the hashtag ‘#ChhapakDekhoTapaakSe’ to support DP. The other hashtag, ‘#BoycottChhapaak’ was used by those against her actions, calling for people to boycott her movies to ‘teach her a lesson’.
People call to boycott her movie with #BoycottChhapaak
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 7, 2020
This is how it works, my dear friends.
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 8, 2020
— Naresh Kumar Chaturvedi (@WohLambaSaLadka) January 7, 2020
Here are tweets from members of the film fraternity who spoke up in support of Deepika
Good on you @deepikapadukone 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 7, 2020
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 7, 2020
No matter which political party you support,do u support violence?Don’t visuals of bleeding students and teachers shake you up?We can’t sit on the fence any longer.Kudos to @deepikapadukone for showing up,& all those who spoke for speaking up.This is not the time to stay quiet.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) January 8, 2020
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 7, 2020
Full support and thanks to @deepikapadukone for showing courage that a LOT of people from Bollywood don’t.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 7, 2020
Deepika’s stand is going to make a lot of young people question their parents, their peers and their government. Hopefully they’ll go out and educate themselves. And not parrot everything authority tells them.
She’s a true hero.
— Vikramaditya Motwane (@VikramMotwane) January 8, 2020
— Vikrant Massey (@masseysahib) January 7, 2020
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) January 8, 2020
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 7, 2020
I have been saying so. Women are stronger beings.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) January 7, 2020
Here are a few reactions where Deepika is lauded for her heroism by nitizens
What a gutsy woman this Deepika is I tell you. SHE CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENTS, NOT CARING ABOUT HOW HER FILM WILL DO TWO DAYS LATER.
THESE are the celebrities we want to celebrate. #ISupportDeepika #ChhapakDekhoTapaakSe#DeepikaPadukone @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/DLrru2PhMB
— Piyush S Dubey (@mpiyush_dubey) January 9, 2020
— Jitendra Uday Mudliyar (@jitendramudliy1) January 8, 2020
— Free Sprit (@FreeSprit10) January 9, 2020
— Mohd Shahid (@MohdShahidmsk) January 8, 2020
We all stand in solidarity with JNU students.