The actor made an ill-timed attempt to mention his film in the same tweet wishing peace for the people suffering in the recent riots in Haryana.
Sidharth Malhotra plugs 'A Gentleman' in tweet about Haryana riots, gets trolled
Mumbai - 26 Aug 2017 13:10 IST
Sidharth Malhotra might just have bit off more than he can chew. The A Gentleman actor set off a new storm while trying to offer his sympathies to those under the threat of riots in Haryana yesterday.
Even as the situation in Haryana grew tense over the expected clashes between the followers of Ram Rahim Singh and the police in the state of Haryana, Malhotra tweeted 'To all the people of Haryana , please stay safe. Hope you can see our film soon #Agentleman #PeaceAndLove'
Needless to say, Malhotra's attempt to try and promote his film during a time like this did not go well. The riots in Haryana, between the followers of Ram Rahim Singh and the state police, have resulted in the deaths of 32 people, leaving more than 350 injured.
People on Twitter did not appreciate the actor's attempt to use the event as a promotional peg. Even Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah, admonished Malhotra for it.
I thought a couple of my tweets may have been a bit thoughtless when protestors started dying but this takes the bloody cake. https://t.co/DqW5nFT1Hv— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 25, 2017
A few others went further, and called for the film to be banned.
After this shameless tweet people should bycott his film— Sadak ka Gunda ð (@Raggi03) August 25, 2017
I mean like such a ungentlemanly gesture— Ashish Pandya (@mysticliving) August 25, 2017
In his defense, Malhotra tweeted that he had posted the message before the situation in Haryana worsened. Replying to the criticism, the actor wrote 'To people who are commenting on my morning tweets,they were made before the verdict ! Thoughts n prayers.'
To people who are commenting on my morning tweets,they were made before the verdict ! Thoughts n prayers— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
Its really sad to see the situation worsen since morning and see people in Punjab and Haryana https://t.co/u8TeWwEaW0 and prayers.— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
Despite the apology, the damage seems to have been done. Malhotra might need more than gentlemanly behaviour to get away with tweets like this next time.