A video of a man, who bears a resemblance to the director, being manhandled went viral on social media on Monday.
Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra slams trolls for naming him as person being manhandled by police
Mumbai - 31 Mar 2020 18:45 IST
It is not easy being famous, particularly for having strong views. Director Sudhir Mishra found himself at the wrong end of a troll reaction when a video of a man, bearing a resemblance to the director, being manhandled by police in Mumbai went viral.
As the video went viral, several users online named the person being manhandled as director Sudhir Mishra. Naturally, Mishra was none too pleased at the comparison and went to great lengths to defend himself.
The reason for the behaviour of the police can be investigated and the act can be condemned but THAT OVERWEIGHT, FAIR, WITH FULL HAIR AT THE BACK IS NOT ME . Stop the video and zoom ? https://t.co/GOMkHCEgxT— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) March 30, 2020
What shit ! There is clear evidence that’s it’s not . Stop and zoom . https://t.co/cIZNKjYNGv— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) March 30, 2020
Despite the director's repeated denials, he was subjected to trolling. With India under a lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many justified the uncouth behaviour of the police.
However, the tabloid Mid-Day has revealed that the victim of the manhandling was a senior citizen named Manmohan Gill. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon, when Gill had reportedly gone to a nearby store to try and get some necessities.
The Mid-Day report quoted Gill as saying that while he would not pursue any action against the cops, their mistreatment of him was unprovoked.
Responding to the issue, Mishra wrote: 'The trolls! Hate is now a default reaction with them. Hate is a vrus that infects the mind. They [should] go to a therapist for the sake of their children.'
The trolls ! Hate is now a default reaction with them . Hate is a vrus that infects the mind . They go to a therapist for the sake of their children ! https://t.co/mUZK2AcBEp— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) March 30, 2020
The director also spoke to Mid-Day, saying, "This attitude of hatred makes people stupid. The trolls are so devoid of empathy that a man is getting needlessly beaten up and they are deriving pleasure from it."