Bollywood

The Bhaitards

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Two years ago, I had a heart-to-heart chat with Shah Rukh Khan in Singapore.

I was part of the media contingent that was there to cover an award function and as usual, Shah Rukh was the star performer.

Unlike other bosses, my editor knew that I had a tough week looking for exclusives and she had indulgently said that the interviews of the top stars attending the event would suffice for the editorial agenda.

“Just send me the interviews and then you can relax,” she had said.

It basically meant that I only needed to speak to Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.

After going through a horrible week that assignment looked easy and I was quite happy.

Shah Rukh arrived on the day of his performance and said he will need just an hour to sync in with the background dancers and the stage management team.

The rest of the time, he declared, will be devoted to us – me and a journalist-friend from another reputed English newspaper. We decided to speak to him at his exclusive but cramped green room, backstage.

The day was going like clockwork as Shah Rukh finished his practice well in time and settled down with us, incessantly puffing on his trademark Classic cigarettes which comes in red packets.

Just before he joined us, I was checking his Twitter account and found that he hadn’t tweeted for a long time. That made me curious. I had started wondering whether he had stopped using his newly gifted Iphone or had shifted back to his old love, a black and silver Blackberry Bold.

‘Twitter broke my heart’

Those were the exact words he used to describe his experiences when I asked him why he had stopped tweeting. Frankly, I was not expecting such an answer.

Shah Rukh then went on to describe how a bunch of faceless, nameless morons who had opened fake and misleading handles on the micro-blogging site would go on showering expletives on him and his family.

The worst part? They would do it just for the kick of it and there wouldn’t be any apparent reason for that action.

Some would just wake up, post a few gaalis in Hindi or in absolutely wrong English and then go back to sleep again. The gaalis would mostly contain words that referred to a man’s or a woman’s genitals.

I never heard a similar complaint from Salman Khan. I then went back to check with Aamir because he too was on Twitter and didn’t seem to tweet much. I was told Aamir too was upset with those faceless people on Twitter.

Salman wasn’t complaining probably because he had practically never clicked on “@”.  He was just happy tweeting.

After a few more meetings with the other stars attending the event, I realised that the problem was generic and much bigger than I had imagined.

Most of the stars were reeling under the negativity that these ‘twit fans’ were spreading.

The reports of stars getting abused on social media were not new but the monstrosity of the problem sunk in when I actually spoke to a lot of them in person.

Every star was capable of giving these ‘twits’ a fitting reply and trust me, they perhaps knew more sinister Hindi gaalis. The problem was: They couldn’t do it because they were public figures on social media.

A few actors showed me some of those abusive tweets and I was ashamed of the fact that I breathe the same air as those people posting those tweets.

Who are these people?

I did a small survey of people who have opened those so-called funny and fake accounts on twitter and frequently post explicit jokes. When they are not doing that, these ‘jokers’ go on a star-abusing spree.

Take this now: A large part of these frustrated ‘tards’ include senior managers, students studying technology/engineering, senior officials in IT and people calling themselves journalists.

A little investigation and diligence can expose 80% of this population.

A large part of that ‘twit universe’ is occupied by two sets of people: One who called themselves fans of Shah Rukh Khan and the others, the Salman Khan fans.

We can do without these ‘Bhaitards’

shah rukh and salman lastIt happened again on Tuesday night.

Suddenly two contrasting trends appeared on Twitter’s India map. One was directed towards Salman Khan and the other, towards Shah Rukh Khan.

The worst part of those trends was that it included terms describing one’s sexuality in the most regressive way possible.

I don’t want to go into the details of these trends because I don’t think I am a part of this ‘tards’ brigade. I saw the tweets and it made me puke in disgust.

Trust me, both Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan can do without you guys.

Both SRK and Sallu don’t want fans like you.

Go ask them.

You guys have no shame, no education, no courage and absolutely no sense of decency.

You guys are a bunch of frustrated and sexually starved morons. It is just masturbation that you indulge in everyday by giving gaalis to a Bollywood star who you seem to have fallen in love with and just want his attention.

Some of you are more clever. You go and tweet with the same derogatory hashtag and say that those hashtags should not be used while tweeting.

After posting a tweet like that you may feel aroused but people like us who have studied beyond class ten can see through your act.

None of you have the courage to come out with your photograph or your name.

You know that if anybody caught you, they can teach you some better gaalis that involves your family members or your genitals.

We have studied beyond standard ten, you know. And pity, that you guys look like uneducated idiots.

I am so ashamed of you guys.

I am sure Salman and Shah Rukh are ashamed of you too.

You don’t like this post? Why don’t you go ahead and post all the gaalis that involve my mother who’s no more, my sister, my girlfriend or an imaginary boyfriend.

I will read each one of your tweets, comments and posts.

Arrey! Are you climaxing hearing that?

Yeah baby!

Short-link of the post -> http://bit.ly/17rFoAy

Here is another report on Firstpost about the disgusting Twitter trends yesterday -> http://bit.ly/15WAZt6

9 replies »

  1. 1. It is not just twitter it is online phenomenon in India. Many sadist just abuse star family, their personal life, their religion, even go to their bed room life . All these qualified but uneducated class prowling all over internet. May be few are just satisfying their frustration by abusing other.

    2. It require a deep analysis on why we the so called qualified youth indulge in such crap activity on online platform , weather that is starting from stars to politics , majority views are always those gallis, personal attack etc. instead any meaningful exchange of thoughts , emotions, expression.

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  2. I am not regular follower of your articles, but when I go through some of the articles you’ve written, its so damn true about the happenings in society currently. Now coming to this article it makes no sense why these so called fans fight all the time and not even leaving their family members behind.

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  3. Please tell SRK to cry us a river in his UK mansion, or with the 100 crores he just won, or with the shitty new movie with Farah, whose husband he slapped and didn’t have the humility to apologize to (They apologized to him! LOL)

    Am I sexually frustrated? Yeah. Is masturbation the only form of exercise I get in any given week? Sure. Do I abuse stars on twitter? Nah… I never thought they’d check. Now that you’re telling me they do, I’m getting ideas…. lol. Nah, it’s cool man. Just don’t make these people, who won the biggest fucking lottery of life, to be some sort of victims. They chose to put themselves there, and with the bouquets (and more wealth than 99.999% of the country) come the brickbats too.

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    • So you’re saying they deserve to get abused on twitter by some morons who mostly happen to be fans of a rival star? They’re humans as well, famous or not. Shitty movie? Great judgement without watching it though I can guarantee majority of viewers will love it as they did with their past two films and you’ll still end up watching it ;).

      And are you close to SRK and Farah’s husband? They made up shortly after that. But what’s it to you? If there was any issue would SRK and Farah be working together?

      And yes he is rich, why don’t you go try to accumulate some wealth for yourself instead of posting lame comments.

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      • I’m not saying they deserve anything. Like I said in my last comment, if you put yourself out there (WAY out there in some cases), you’re gonna get the good with the bad. That’s how people are.

        I’m not talking about fans of rival stars, there are people who look at their lifestyle and try to get their attention by using shock value. Others just wanna vent.

        Yeah, with the track record being Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, I’m not expecting their next movie to make it to the Oscars.

        What is it to me? What is it to you? I’m talking about the person who comes across as being humble and down to earth, when the reality is anything but. Would they be working together? I think after Tees Maar Khan, Farah has learnt where the money comes from.

        If my comment was lame and got you to reply, what does that make your comment?

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  4. Yes Soumya, those trends were lame. I love salman khan, no matter what. I have never abused or used galis to anyone nor will I do ever. I feel shame on behalf of salman khan fans who tried their best to stop those trends and failed. I tried myself too to stop people on that day, but I failed. Even today, some SRK fans comes and spit galis on my TL, just because I tweet how much I love Salman. I reply in a calm manner, but they keep nagging. I believe this kind of abuse is thrown from both side.
    I ask myself, why do One have to show their hatred to the person next to you. If you cannot say something good, please don’t say bad either.
    I don’t remember at the moment, but someone said, you don’t need to hate srk to love salman khan and you don’t need to hate salman khan to love srk .

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