Deepika Padukone's JNU Visit: Hashtags Call For Movie Boycott

Trolls have also shared screenshots of 'ticket cancellations', with many posting the same image repeatedly.

On January 7, 2020, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone made a silent presence at a protest in Jawaharlal Nehru University in solidarity with the students who were attacked 2 days earlier by a masked mob. Videos and pictures of her standing in the crowd, as former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar raised slogans with the protesters, went viral on social media shortly after.

Padukone's presence just few days before the release of her film Chhapaak has created a much poralised debate on social media, with many calling to boycott her film while others showed their support to her act.

Hashtags like #boycottchhapaak, #Chappak, #DeepikaPadukone, #shameonbollywood and #ChhapaakDekhoTapaakSe filled up Twitter and became a major trending topic the next day. BOOM takes a closer look at the tweets that are coming in support or showing their protest against Padukone's presence at JNU.

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Deepika In JNU

With a solidarity meet for the victims of the brutal attack on the varsity on Sunday night, many had gathered at the campus to show their support - Padukone being one of them.

The word got out soon, with images and videos of the event going viral. The content coming out of the varsity showed Deepika standing silently, as Kanhaiya Kumar raised slogans with the crowd. In other photos, she could be seen greeting JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who faced a skull injury during the attack.

While many came out in support of this act, some did not take this well.

#BoycottChhapaak and 'Ticket Cancellations'

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri quickly launched a tirade against Padukone by criticising her move multiple times on his social media handles. He further went on Times Now and voiced his objection to Padukone's decision to show solidarity with JNU students.


The hashtag #boycottchhapaak started flying on Twitter almost instantly.


BOOM spotted several tweets carrying this hashtag, which also posted screenshots of pre-booked Chhapaak tickets being cancelled in protest to Padukone's move. However, upon closer look we found out that they were sharing the exact same screenshot - a cancelled ticket for Chhapaak at a cinema in Vadodra for seats A8, A9 and A10, worth Rs. 420.

Meanwhile, an old interview of Padukone from 2010 was dug up, where she stated that she would like to see Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as prime minister in the future. This was shared by many, including ANI National Bureau Chief Naveen Kapoor.

While There Were Others Who Supported

While there was a massive campaign for boycotting her film, there were those who came in support. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who's been a vocal critique of the ruling party and a big supporter of the student protests, went as far as to change his Twitter profile picture and cover image with photos of Padukone at the protest.


Updated On: 2020-01-09T10:53:31+05:30
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