Even as an emotional Ashutosh sobbed and shed copious tears during a live show on a Hindi TV channel and pleaded with folded hands to stop the "politicisation" of the sensitive issue of the Gajendra Singh's death, Twitterati went crazy labelling his theatrics as "opportunist" and a sad political tool.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was trying to deflect allegations of insensitivity levelled against the party after the death of a farmer during an AAP rally attended by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Considering the response Ashutosh's outburst triggered in the online world, here's a look at other public personalities who broke down in complete view of people.
1. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone made headlines when she opened up about her depression during an interview with Barkha Dutt. Earlier, too, she broke down on stage while receiving an award from her father. Fighting back tears as her father Prakash Padukone presented the award, the actor said it was "a bit overwhelming".
2. Alia Bhatt
Speaking at the trailer launch of Imtiaz Ali's film Highway, a teary-eyed Alia Bhatt said, "Highway is not a film, it's an experience that I never had. Being independant, going to college are things I haven't done. This is literally like you video tape yourself and then you're releasing it."
3. Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt broke down while talking to reporters immediately after being sentenced to five years of jail for illegal possession of arms case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts.
4. Ranveer Singh
Receiving the Star Screen most promising male actor award for Band Baaja Baraat, Ranveer Singh got teary-eyed on the stage.
5. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan got emotional on the sets of his TV show Satyamev Jayate that highlighted the issues our society needs to fight.
6. Salman Khan
Watching the performance of Beat King and Manan Sachdeva on his song Sau Dard Hain (Jaan-E-Mann) on Dance India Dance, the Dabangg star grew emotional and was seen in tears.
7. Rani Mukherji
Rani Mukherji broke down while talking about her father-in-law Yash Chopra at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the veteran filmmaker's legacy.
8. Jaya Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan broke down while speaking to a reporter during a procession staged in support of the December 16 gang-rape victim.
9. Preity Zinta
When her team Kings XI Punjab lost to Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014, Preity Zinta was seen in a flood of tears.
10. Shekhar Kapur
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur was so moved on the sets of television show India’s Got Talent that he broke down into tears in full public view.
Watch the video here. 11. Pharell Williams
Pharell Williams broke down on Oprah Winfrey's show when the host showed a montage of people lip syncing his hit number Happy.
Rihanna broke down on Oprah's show while talking about betrayal and assault she suffered at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown.
Beyonce broke down on Oprah Winfrey's show in 2013 when she was aksed about her father and her decision to let him go as her manager.
14. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez broke down when an Australian interviewer showed her a video made by one of her biggest fans.
15. Britney Spears
Britney Spears broke down during a Diane Sawyer interview on ABC when asked about Justin Timberlake and cheating.