Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has been a revelation on Twitter, with his unerring wit and sensible opinions on various matters.
Update: the actor is now back and tweeting after Salman Khan was relieved of his 5-year sentence. However, less than three months after he re-joined the social network, Kapoor had posted this on Thursday.
Hi. Thought about it.Too much negativity abusive language and disregard for seniors. Will retire from Twitter coz it has only given me grief— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 7, 2015
The Salman Khan hit-and-run case verdict, which has dominated online conversation since Wednesday (after the actor was sentenced to 5 years in prison), had been indirectly responsible for this development. After the quantum of punishment was announced, Twitter went into a tizzy and divided itself into two distinct camps: those who lauded the verdict and those who felt bad for Bhai (as Khan is popularly known). The superstar was found guilty of culpable homicide in a 2002 hit-and-run incident, in which Nurullah Mehboob Sharif was run over by an allegedly inebriated Khan after he lost control of his Land Cruiser.
Some responses got more attention than the others, such as tweets by singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya and jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali that put the blame on the pavement dwellers. Obviously, they got skewered for it.
However, another person who rose in strong defence of Beloved Bhai was TV actor Ajaz Khan, who appeared on Times Now and registered his protest against the verdict.
Kapoor made some strong remarks against these opinions.
Ashamed of Abhijit the singer and some Ejaz Khan. Bunch of idiots and non starters. How does Times Now get these losers on Prime Time— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 6, 2015
Sorry to say but only wannabe Chamchas of Salman siding him with ridiculous support.Hum bhi well wishers hain but give logical explanations— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 6, 2015
However, Ajaz — who has appeared on seasons 7 and 8 of reality show 'Bigg Boss' as well as TV serials like 'Rahe Tera Aashirwaad' and 'Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki' — has his own formidable fan following that did not react well to Kapoor's tweets.
They began politely.
Then, after Ajaz replied to Kapoor directly, the trolls saw that the water was great and jumped right in.
And then it got nastier...
Unemployed wannabe unemployed actors Feroz Ahjaaz Dalip Naseer Abdullha are not spokespersons of films @DeShobhaa @— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 6, 2015
We are with U— #IStandBySalmanKhan (@SejalChaurasia) May 7, 2015
... and nastier.
Hahaha god r u oke man
Behaving like bastrd.. u r belonging frm Kapoor family !!! Ya tujhe sdk se uthaya h..?/— Sparrow♪ (@BeingShonali) May 7, 2015
Presumably taken aback by all the viciousness, Kapoor tweeted out a clarification.
My saying Chamchas was for Abhijeets inhuman comment and Ejaaz saying about the law.People misunderstood me.I said am with Salman earlier— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 7, 2015
But the troll train had gathered too much momentum by then and refused to slow down.
@chintskap Nasha Utar gaya lagta hai tera chutiye— Bajrangi Bhaijaan (@SalmansSoldier) May 7, 2015
Congrats Aap apne bete se bhi bade wale chutiye ho @chintskap— We Love You Salman (@being_kaushar) May 7, 2015
Even after he announced his decision to go off Twitter, citing disrespect and abuse as reasons for doing so, it wasn't the end of it.
.@chintskap phir patiala chada ke baithe ho— ROFLaaLa (@ROFLaaLa) May 7, 2015
Anyway, he's back now, so.... yay.