Even before Taapsee Pannu's latest movie Thappad released in theaters, many on Twitter called for its boycott.
Clearly, they hadn't seen the movie. But as it turns out, many trolls were angry about the fact that Taapsee and the movie's director Anubhav Sinha had earlier participated in the protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and voiced their opinions against it.
Now, in an interview with Times of India, Taapsee said that it is stupid to judge an actor's work based on their socio-political views.
She said, "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 1,000-2,000 tweets to trend a certain hashtag. Does that really affect a film?"
She added, "I might have different social and political views from a lot of people but that does not mean people will not go and watch the film."
"An actor is never bigger than a film...It is stupid to decide whether or not you will watch a movie based on an actor's socio-political views," she concluded.
Speaking about CAA, Taapsee had earlier said, "I haven't expressed my views on CAA because I haven't studied about it. But the visuals which I saw in Jamia, I didn't feel those were pleasant. I felt sad when I saw videos where students were talking about their plight."
Notably, Delhi police had launched a crackdown on students of Jamia Millia Islamia university in December.
In January, both Taapsee and Sinha had participated in a protest in Mumbai carried out in support of students of Delhi's JNU, who were brutally attacked by a masked mob.
In fact, Sinha has been pretty vocal about his opinions against the amended citizenship act, which seeks to accord Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Taapsee-starrer Thappad opened in theaters today. The movie has received glowing reviews.
NewsBytes gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, writing, "Patriarchy runs so deep that when a man slaps his wife, the best we can come up with is to tell her that it's not a big deal and advise her to move on. But Thappad successfully manages to dilute that evil thought-process."
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