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Indian Idol 12: Javed Akhtar Trolled for Praising Shanmukhapriya, Calling Audience Chauvinistic

Shanmukhapriya (L), Javed Akhtar

Shanmukhapriya (L), Javed Akhtar

Shanmukhapriya has been the target of trolls for giving modern twist to old Hindi classics. In a recent episode of Indian Idol 12, it happened again.

Indian Idol 12 invited Javed Akhtar for a special episode dedicated to the songs that he has written over the years. Shanmukhapriya, who has been the target of social media trolling for giving modern twist to old Hindi classics, found some support in the veteran lyricist-writer as he pointed out that “male chauvinists in the country don’t like smart, confident and competent girls like her."

Shanmukhapriya performed on Dil Dhadakne Do title song and after her performance ended, Javed questioned her if she is criticised on social media. When she says yes, Javed adds, “You should be criticised because male chauvinists in the country don’t like a smart, confident and competent girl like you."

“Those males become insecure. They like a girl who is reluctant, one who is unsure. Your qualities say that no one can do it better than me. Your unabashed qualities will not be liked by many. You don’t pay heed to them. You continue doing the good work and your future is bright."

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first published:June 29, 2021, 07:56 IST