Controversial remarks: Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chasma fame Munmun Dutta has been making headlines for using a casteist term in one of her make-up videos. She later apologised for her ignorance and cited the ‘language barrier’ as the reason why she was misinformed about the meaning.
Most social media users did not respond positively despite her being apologetic. The clip went viral on social media even after she deleted it from her Instagram handle. She is not the only one or the first one to have received a social media backlash for her controversial remarks.
Here are five Female actors who faced ire:
1. Munmun Dutta
On Sunday, actor Munmun Dutta, popularly known for playing the role of Babita in the daily soap Tarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma shared a video on her Instagram handle where she used a casteist slur.
Referring to a particular community, Dutta said that she does not want to look like them. No sooner did she say this than netizens started trolling her for her “narrow mindedness”. Some even asked the concerned authorities to arrest her for being disrespectful towards the caste.
A Twitter user wrote, “The community on which you made derogatory remarks is a hardworking and honest community. They played an important role in the independence of the country. At least you must think twice before using such words”.
Later, the actor apologised and said that the word she used was misinterpreted. Further, Dutta confessed that she did not intend to insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone’s feelings. Moreover, she believes her ‘language barrier’ prevented her from being well informed about the meaning of the word.
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2. Kangana Ranaut
Of late, Kangana Ranaut has been making it to the news frequently because of her controversial remarks. Soon after the unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranaut took to the micro blogging site Twitter and openly challenged ‘Bollywood’s movie mafia gang’. She also raised her voice against ‘nepotism’, ‘nepokids’, unfair treatment of ‘outsiders’ etc. Before she got banned from the platform her tweets made headlines regularly.
When she referred to farmers as ‘terrorists trying to divide India’, reportedly an advocate named Harshvardhan Patil from Karnataka’s Belagavi had filed a complaint against her. The Tumkuru court had directed the local Kyatasandra police station to book her for her tweet.
On another occasion, she called the Tanishq ad ‘shameful’, many netizens disagreed as they said that the ad aimed at was to promote communal harmony. Recently, she shared a tweet around the West Bengal violence which violated the Twitter policy on “hateful conduct and abusive behaviour”. Post this, her Twitter account was permanently suspended.
The actor-filmmaker lately announced on Instagram that she has contracted the COVID-19 disease and it is a ‘small-time flu’. As a reaction to her post, Instagram took it off. In Ranaut’s opinion, the action was taken because she ‘threatened to demolish COVID’.
3. Raveena Tandon
After the Dangal actor Zaira Wasim announced her decision to quit acting, Raveena Tandon said, “Doesn’t matter if two film olds are ungrateful to the industry that have given them all. just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves”.
On learning that the apparent reason behind Waseem’s exit from the industry was the fact that she was being persecuted, Tandon deleted her harsh tweet and wished her luck.
She said, “If this is true and the reason for her quitting, if she was or is under pressure, then I do feel sad for the girl. Was she forced into writing the long statement by radicals out of fear?”. Tandon confessed that she regretted her immediate reaction on reading the statement and deleted the tweet.
If this is true and the reason for her to quit,if she was or is under pressure, then I do feel sad for the girl.Was she forced into writing the long statement by radicals out of fear?She was a role model to so many youngsters with dreams and inspirations that they could achieve. https://t.co/Ym4aih4PBC
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 1, 2019
I wish her luck and strengthAfter seeing this,I now regret my first immediate tweet after reading her statement.Maybe she was forced to write what was unacceptable to people like me who love films,cinema,the industry, that I was born into.Deleting the tweet that now sounds harsh. https://t.co/Okcg3NrCFa
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 1, 2019
She continued to receive hate comments which said that she should stop making assumptions and that Wasim had herself decided to quit.
The actor also made it to the news for her tweet on farmer’s protest. She demanded the arrest of anti-socials, later social media users began questioning her political leanings. They also called her insensitive.
4. Neha Dhupia
In 2015, actor Neha Dhupia courted controversy when she tweeted against the ruling government. Her tweet said, “One rain n the city comes to a standstill. Good governance is not about selfies n making us do yoga, it’s making sure ur citizens r safe”.
One rain n the city comes to a standstill. Good governance is not about selfies n makin us do yoga,it's making sure ur citizens r safe.
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) July 21, 2015
After facing immense backlash from Twitteratis who asked her to leave the city and called her jobless, she confessed that she didn’t intend to harm anyone. It was just the frustration of a helpless citizen of Mumbai, she said. She also said that she and her family was abused and was intimidated as the protestors stood outside her house.
5. Sonam Kapoor
On Father’s Day last year, Sonam Kapoor tweeted that her father has worked very hard to ‘give her all of this’. It is her karma that she is born to him and she’s proud. Netizens not only called her out for her “tone deaf opinions” but also said that it promoted casteism and classicism. She also received hatred for being ‘proud’ of her privilege.
Today on Father’s Day id like to say one more thing, yes I’m my fathers daughter and yes I am here because of him and yes I’m privileged. That’s not an insult, my father has worked very hard to give me all of this. And it is my karma where I’m born and to whom I’m born. I’m proud
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) June 21, 2020