Why is #BoycottAliaBhatt trending on Twitter?
August 04, 2022, 10:42 a.m.
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Actor-producer Alia Bhatt has become the latest celebrity to draw the wrath of internet users.
The Highway actor – who is currently busy promoting his upcoming film Honey—has dominated Twitter since Wednesday night, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Several Twitter users claimed the dark comedy thriller promotes misandry and exploits domestic violence for humor, leading to a bugle call to boycott it.
What did internet users think of the film?
After the film’s trailer was released on July 25, it immediately grabbed attention for highlighting the turbulent issue of domestic violence in India with a dash of dark humor.
However, this does not seem to have gone down well with a portion of viewers, who now believe the film will not advocate for women’s safety, but instead promote guttural violence against men.
The trailer followed a lower-middle-class woman (Bhatt), who refuses to sacrifice herself on the altar of patriarchy and sets out to get revenge on her abusive husband (Vijay Varma). There are graphic scenes of them hitting each other, though Bhatt appears to emerge victorious in the end.
Twitter called Bhatt ‘India’s amber heard’
After the trailer was released, a journalist wrote his point of view for First post and wrote that “darlings normalizes domestic violence.”
Now, this article is being shared extensively to further the cause of the boycott and netizens have claimed that Bhatt is becoming “India’s Amber Heard”.
One person wrote: ‘For Bollywood, domestic violence against men is a joke’, while another accused Bhatt of ‘abusing the POCSO law’.
One of the many tweets making the rounds on Twitter
Everything you need to know about the “Honeys”
darlings will mark Bhatt’s foray into production under his Eternal Sunshine Productions banner.
It was co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.
The film was directed by debutant Jasmeet K Reen, who also wrote the story alongside Parveez Sheikh (Queen, Bajrangi Bhaijaan).
It also stars Shefali Shah and Roshan Mathew and will be released on Netflix on Friday August 5th.
Several other films have suffered the same fate in recent times.
This isn’t the first time Twitter users have asked to boycott a movie or an actor before their movie is released.
Recently, several netizens claimed that Shuddh Singh’s character from Shamshera was “Hindu-phobic” and therefore the film should not be supported.
In the same way, Laal Singh Chaddha and raksha bandhan— two films slated for an August 11 release — have also been marred by similar controversies.