Alia Bhatt Shuts Down Trolls In A Witty Way Through Her Instagram Caption. It Was Much Needed
After the unfortunate passing of Sushant Singh Rajput on 14th June, the cracks in Bollywood’s facade have become more and more visible. From Kangana Ranaut blaming SSR’s alleged suicide on the rampant nepotism in Bollywood to a certain news channel propagating a witchhunt against his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty. The entire ordeal was traumatizing, to say the least. And it worse once the entire drug angle was introduced and SSR’s death took a side step. Bollywood celebrities were targeted and brutally trolled on social media. One such actress who was trolled for not only being an “insider” but also for various other things was Alia Bhatt. But we aren’t worried about that because clearly, she knows exactly how to give it back while being her cute, witty self.
You see, recently, Alia posted a picture of herself wearing a sheet mask. While the picture was perfectly adorable, it was the caption that caught our attention. It read, “Throwback to when masks were skincare & people were kind.”
To me, it sounds like a jab to all the people who have trolled her and her family ruthlessly. When the nepotism debated sparked up again after SSR’s death, Alia’s name was dragged through the mud on Twitter. Her movie, Sadak 2, which was up for release around that time made a record of having the most number of dislikes on Youtube. On IMBD, the movie has a rating of 1.1. Now, I am not a film expert but even I know that’s horrible. Besides, Alia is right. There was a time when people were kinder and more tolerant. The insider/outsider debate was only in Kangana’s head, movies didn’t get unnecessarily trolled and news channels merely reported news instead of judging and blaming people. But well, things change and sometimes not for the better. This is why we are glad Alia chose to very subtly shut the trolls down.
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Not just Alia, even her sister Shaheen Bhatt was subjected to trolling and threats. In July, Shaheen had taken to Instagram to share screenshots of the hateful messages that they were receiving. Shaheen threatened to file a lawsuit and condemned men and women who use social media to spread negativity. In the post, she also spoke out against these microblogging sites for not taking action against these trolls.
The thing is, trolling started as a funny thing on Twitter. Mocking someone who said something stupid or a scene in a movie that was hilarious. But now, the word has such a negative connotation attached to it because people don’t know where to stop. Like for instance, till today Alia is trolled brutally for her “Prithviraj Chauhan” slip up that she made in Koffee With Karan all those years ago. This is still a very small example. Rhea Chakraborty, before her arrest, was trolled to a point where she was called India’s most hated woman on social media. This culture that we are building where netizens pounce on one another passing harsh judgements is not right and it shouldn’t be acceptable.
Alia’s caption really resonated with me. I am so glad she is giving it back, though very subtly.