Sonam Kapoor takes on trolls, gets trolled for National Anthem "goof-up"

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor. File Pic

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who is known for speaking her mind and has been the target of online abuse and bullying frequently for that reason, wrote about the prevalance of trolls online in a column for a leading daily, but ended up getting trolled once again.

The actress’ column in Hindustan Times went viral, but unfortunately not for the reason it deserved.

Twitterati made fun of Sonam for not knowing India’s national anthem.

The column, which started with, “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.”

She added, “The trolls can be sexist and judgmental but I know I’m smart and capable of expressing an opinion. I’m a successful woman, a feminist, a humanist, a national award winner and I say this with a great sense of pride and satisfaction: I get to live a fairy tale life every single day. I walk the international stage, I’m an avid reader with a library full of books, I am a consumer of news, an engaged Indian and so very capable of having a discussion on any issue, with anyone. Just because I’m an actor, it doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion. I’ve spoken up often.”

But Twitterverse wasn;t interested in her thoughts, but only sharing a quote from the piece that seemed to suggest that she didn’t knwo the national anthem.

The quote that was shared extensively online read, “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… recall the line you heard as kids, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…"”.

Now, Twitterati were assumed that she meant ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…” was part of the national anthem, which clearly she didn’t. People just started abusing her by reminding the actress that the words didn’t appear in the song.

The national award winning actress responded to the trolls on Twitter with a post, “Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded”



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