Deepika goes for JNU protest meet; bhakts furious, call for her film’s boycott

BJP IT Cell started trending hashtags calling for boycott of her latest movie but she also recived support from many people tweeting #ISupportDeepika

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Deepika’s presence at JNU’s protest meet came as a pleasant surprise for scores of students and other people protesting the violence unleashed by right-wing masked goons on unarmed students and teachers.

Reportedly, Deepika was present in Delhi for promotional events for her upcoming movie titled “Chhapaak” which is based on the life of an acid attack survivor. She went to JNU to stand in solidarity with the students who were attacked. She did not make a public speech, however she hugged Aishe Ghosh, the JNUSU president who suffered injuries in the attack and said that she was proud of her and asked her to “take care”.

She is known to have told India Today TV earlier, on JNU violence specifically, “I feel angry that this is happening. But, at the same time, the fact that action is not being taken, this is something to think about.”

Her brief visit at the protest meet started some trends on Twitter that seemingly threaten the commercial returns of her upcoming movie. Hashtags like #BoycottChhapaak started trending on twitter and continues to remain the top 5 trends today. Clearly, Bollywood actors refrain from commenting on socio-political issues as it could affect the commercial returns of their films but Deepika was lauded by many for having the courage unlike her “superstar” counterparts.

After her visit criticism started coming in for her and her movie:

on the other hand, she also received a lot of support

When public figures like her, make appearances at such events, even if it is just to stand in solidarity with students who have been mindlessly inflicted with violence for expressing dissent, it has a huge impact on the gravity of the protest and takes the dissent forward.


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