Raaj Shaandilyaa, a former writer of the television show Comedy Circus, recently made his directorial debut in Bollywood recently with the Ayushmann Khurrana film Dream Girl. The film did decently well at the box office. On Tuesday, Shaandilyaa shared a joke on Twitter, which called actress Swara Bhasker 'sasti cheez', emphasizing that the newspaper Dainik Bhasker sells more than her.
Swara has been one of the strongest voice of dissent from the film fraternity, protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the attacks on students in Jamia Millia Islamia as well as the deplorable incident in Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday. The Veere Di Wedding actress is an alumna of JNU and her mother is a professor at the University. So it comes as no surprise that the actress has been active in condemning the attacks on students in JNU.
Amid all war of words on Twitter over the incident, comes Shaandilyaa's tweet, that said, "Sasti cheezon pe dhyan na dein, 'Swara Bhasker' se mehenga 'Dainik Bhasker' bikta hai (Don't pay attention to cheap things, Dainik Bhaskar sells more than Swara Bhasker)." The comedy writer probably wished to extract some laughs at the expense of Swara, playing on her surname. But the repugnance of the joke was probably lost on him.
Swara wasted no time in calling out his hypocrisy, writing, "Be mindful of your despicable acts as well when you come to offer a role next time or send messages requesting to share your film's trailer."
Shaandilyaa apologised soon after, saying that he had no doubts about her talents as an actress, but the damage was already done. Here's the Twitter exchange:
अगली बार role offer करने और आपकी फ़िल्म के trailer को share करने की request वाले messages भेजने के पहले आप भी ‘सस्ती हरकतों’ के बारे में थोड़ा सोच लेना! :) Good luck @writerraj sir! :) :) pic.twitter.com/t3KPugshfA— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 7, 2020
मेरी बात से यदि आपको ठीक नहीं लगी तो दिल से माफ़ी लेकिन एक गुज़ारिश आपसे भी है की आप भी किसीके बारे में कुछ बोलने से पहले सोचा करें चाहे वो देश हो लोग हों या फिर कोई व्यक्ति विशेष...रही बात मेरी तो अगली बार role ऑफर ज़रूर करूँगा क्यूंकि मुझे आपके एक्टर होने पे कोई आपत्ति नहीं... https://t.co/ml95Y0bVPY— Raaj Shaandilyaa (@writerraj) January 7, 2020
Their tweets attracted many comments, obviously, both in favour of and against Swara. One user wrote, "Bhai Thoda izzat se beizzati karo plzzz." And that's exactly what is required at a time when the country is divided over a decision taken by the government. We need to respect everyone's opinion and the understand that we are all free to express our thoughts in a civilized manner. The joke on Swara was in poor taste and undignified, not just because she is a woman with a voice of dissent, but also because it came from a fellow member of the film fraternity.
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