{ Page-Title / Story-Title }

News

Anurag Kashyap battles trolls on Twitter, again 


The Black Friday director got into another pitched battle on Twitter for taking on Prime Minister Modi for his silence on the Dangal girl, Zaira Wasim's controversy. 

Photo: Shutterbugs Images

Shriram Iyengar

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Twitter do not go well together. The director, who has quickly become the enfant terrible of the social media platform, got into another pitch battle with trolls over his comments, or lack of them, on the Zaira Wasim controversy. Wasim was trolled and targeted on social media for meeting Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, in the context of the unrest in the Valley following the Uri attack in October last year. 

Initially, embroiled in a conversation with the co-founder of opindia.com, Rahul Raj, Kashyap found himself the target of online bullying once again. 

A few weeks ago, Kashyap had tweeted about Meryl Streep's courageous calling out of the Trump phenomenon by saying: "We in our film industry don't even need to give a speech like Meryl Streep if we just start standing with those who actually speak up."

Raj, who tweets under the alias @bhak_sala, quoted the tweet and egged Kashyap to speak out again for Zaira Wasim. Raj wrote 

Not one to take a challenge lightly, Kashyap dived into battle and began the first step of the troll avalanche. 

Pretty soon, Twitter was on to the director. Tweets like these flooded his timeline. 

This did not deter Kashyap though. He continued to fight it out by giving it as good as he got. 

Stepping it up, the director even called on the Prime Minister on Twitter, to check 'his' followers. 

If the trolls thought that this would by any chance scare the director away, they had another thing coming. 

In view of the growing calls for Shah Rukh Khan to speak out, and later Aamir Khan on the Wasim controversy, it is an irony that Twitter chooses to lambast the one man from the industry who does speak up quite frequently.