Former Infosys director Mohandas Pai and Biocon boss Kiran Mazumdar Shaw were upset today on Twitter about actor Deepika Padukone's visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University to provide tacit support for the attacked students. The silent solidarity of the 33-year-old actress has caused a lot of criticism on Twitter. Many are threatening to boycott their latest film, "Chhapak," in which she plays a survivor of an acid attack.
Mr. Pai, 60, tweeted in such a discussion to agree that Deepika Padukone was "poorly advised" and would spread fake stories. In his tweet, he marked Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and others who had been spoken on the subject.
EMBED: "Right, very sad. @Deepikapadukone was badly advised. A good person with high values was misled and used by Lutyens Delhi and the Khan Market Gang to promote their false stories! @Kiranshaw @PrinceArihan @ ARanganathan72 @anuraag_saxena She is a wonderful person, a true Bangalurean ".
A serious answer came from Ms. Mazumdar Shaw, who had previously described the discussion as "declining."
Her tweet said: "She was not advised by anyone. She decided on her own to show solidarity with students who were attacked by idiots. Please respect an individual's right to do what they want."
Mr. Pai's tweet had also caught the fire of Deepika Padukone's critics, who insisted that he minimize her move, since she was part of Bengaluru.
Ms. Padukone, one of the best-known actresses in the industry, visited JNU on the evening of January 7 in protest against the attack by masked idiots on Sunday.
Pictures of her standing shoulder to shoulder with the attacked students, including JNU union leader Aishe Ghosh, met with admiration on Twitter as well as criticism.
Soon hashtags #BoycottChhapaak and #shameonbollywood
had started to trend.
Various leaders of the BJP had joined the ranks of their critics. Shahnawaz Hussein said that she should "have recognized the violence correctly" and her solidarity with leftist organizations reflected her "one-sided thinking". Ram Kadam said the visit was "unfortunate" and she should have visited the place with "an agenda of national interest".
Party spokesman Sambit Patra had tweeted: "So the original #TukdeTukdeGang will stand for the photocopy #TukdeTukdeGang and show solidarity. Can anyone list the names of those from Bollywood / Khan-Markt gang who are planning to fly to Lahore to find their well expand meaning support! ".