NEW DELHI: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone's visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, here on Tuesday, to meet protesting students didn't go down well with a section of Twitterati who called for a boycott of her upcoming film 'Chhapaak'.
#deepikapadukone trended on Twitter with 34.8K tweets as it was reported that she had also met JNUSU leader Aishe Ghosh who received injuries in the Sunday violence.
One user posted: "Bollywood star @deepikapadukone is in JNU to support students. She's at ground zero despite knowing the backlash it will receive from RW goons who will attempt to boycott her film which releases in two days. Coming from Deepika who has largely been silent on political issues, this is BIG."
A user posted: " 'Chhapaak' is releasing with Ajay Devgn's 'Tanhaji' and Rajnikant's 'Darbaar'. 'Chhapaak' is not gonna work as such unless we create a massive controversy and give it free publicity."
Bollywood star #DeepikaPadukone on Tuesday joined students protesting against the recent violence on the #JNU campus. The actor was seen standing with students as the demonstrators raised the slogan of 'Jai Bhim-Jai Bhim'.#ISupportDeepika pic.twitter.com/lAMttlA1YD— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) January 7, 2020
"Please keep quiet on it. Don't call for its boycott. Don't trend it. Don't attack Deepika. Let it pass," it read.
Chhapaak is releasing with Ajay Devgn's Tanhaji and Rajnikant's Darbaar. Chhapaak is not gonna work as such unless we create a massive controversy and give it free publicity.— Mohit_singh_Msf (@Mohit_Singh_Msf) January 7, 2020
Please keep quiet on it. Don't call for its boycott. Don't trend it. Don't attack Deepika. Let it pass.
Another remarked: "You don't understand the cost-benefit analysis? One tweet can prevent thousands of #boycott tweets. Those # boycott tweets catch the attention of media and are shown on TV and debated. That's what gives publicity."
"Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win a war," read a tweet.
"Don't boycott Chhapaak... boycott Deepika Padukone. Exactly! Instead, we should promote #TanhajiTheUnsungWarrior without saying a single word about Deepika and 'Chhapaak'," said one user.
A Twitter user pointed out, "Deepika was a fabulous actress for bhakts till yesterday. Today, she joined the JNU protest & suddenly became a failed actress. Anurag Kashyap was the most versatile director for bhakts till 2016. When he started talking against the establishment, he became a flop director."