BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: This isn’t new this year. Deepika Padukone, both as an actress and a producer, had to go through similar situation during the release of Chhapaak. Deepika’s film on acid survivors was trolled with the hashtag #BoycottChhappak ever since the actress visited JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh after she was attacked on the campus.
And now, Taapsee Pannu’s hard-hitting film Thappad, which has found praises galore from the critics and audiences alike, (who have watched the film) has faced similar wrath from the trollers. The hashtag ##BoycottThappad has been trending on social media from the day before the release. Reason: Taapsee took a stand against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and took part in a peaceful anti-CAA protest in Mumbai.
However, the trollers in both Deepika and Taapsee’s case got involved in their personal views and attacked their films. However, talking to The Times of India about the hashtag which is trending, Taapse said the personal opinions of the actors should not affect their profession. “I think personal opinions of actors should not affect their profession and I don’t really think it does to an extent. It takes about 1000-2000 tweets to trend a certain hashtag. Does that really affect a film? I don’t think so. It is stupid to decide whether you want a watch a film or not based on an actor’s socio-political views,” she said.
Thappad revolves around a woman (Taapsee) who files for a divorce after her husband slaps her. In fact, the dialogue —Just a slap, par nahi maar sakta — has managed to strike a chord with the audience from day one.
Meanwhile, Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter that though the film had a slow start on Friday morning. However, it gained momentum towards evening. And on Day 1, it netted Rs 3.07 crore. “#Thappad – which started low in morning shows – gathered speed post noon onwards… Metros – especially #Delhi, #NCR – registered healthy growth towards evening and night shows… Occupancy should multiply on Day 2 and 3… Fri ₹ 3.07 cr. #India biz,” posted Adarsh.