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When Sonam Kapoor got trolled for writing about trolls

The Neerja actress wrote: ‘Recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…' and got trolled for 'not knowing national anthem'.

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Mayur Lookhar

Sonam Kapoor’s devil-may-care attitude often makes her a hit among the dreaded social media trolls. The actress decided to take on her detractors and wrote a column in a daily titled ‘Let’s talk about trolls’. Unfortunately, the actress's reference to the national anthem was misconstrued for her not knowing it.

“Let’s get straight to the point. You might call me a ‘bimbo’, a ‘naachne wali’, but you know what, I’m a terribly self-assured woman. I have a strong sense of self and I don’t need you to tell me who I am. I would not have the balls to do what I do, wear what I wear or say what I say, if I didn’t have self-worth," Kapoor wrote in the column.

All this was fine, but Kapoor’s comments on being labelled 'anti-national' provided the ammunition to trolls.

“I’m a proud Indian. I love my country but for some of you — and you’re the bigots, not me — I become ‘anti-national’ only because I ask questions or choose to be critical. Listen to the national anthem one more time. Recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…’" she wrote.

The Neerja actress was perhaps referring to the popular slogan ‘Hindu, Muslim Sikh Issai. Hum saare hai bhai bhai' (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians. We are all brothers). However, the trolls perceived that the actress didn't know the Indian National Anthem, which has no mention of the above line. What followed next was barrage of criticism mocking the actress.

Soon the hashtag SonamKapoorQuotes started trending on Twitter with the actress being trolled for her ignorance. Poor Alia Bhatt, a favourite with the trolls, also got dragged into the mess.

Though harsh, some of them were genuinely funny.

Kapoor also saw the lighter side of it, thanking the trolls for reading her column.