Only lip service from celebs during blasts
While the ordinary Mumbaikar sprang into action by extending help through social media, most celebrities were busy tweeting their shock, instead of offering rescue help. Some tweets were as insensitive as this one: "When he heard about last night's blasts, I wonder what Kasab felt," RGV tweeted.entertainment Updated: Jul 15, 2011 01:50 IST
While most actors and filmmakers went overboard with expressing their angst on Twitter, they went quiet when asked if they put their resources to use to bail out the blast victims. Those who only showed 140-character support included filmmakers Ram Gopal Varma, Onir Anirban, Shekhar Kapur, Pritish Nandy, and actors Celina Jaitly, Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan.
Only a very few, such as filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and singer Anushka Manchanda, posted information of use. While Bhandarkar tweeted the helpline numbers, Manchanda posted a five-point list on how civilians can combat terrorism.
"These are the real heroes ... they know they have thousands of followers and really reached out to help those affected. Other stars just went about opinionating - I wish they had shared useful stuff instead," says Gargi Pratap, a 24-year-old design professional.
"Sad how our stars failed where the common man won," says Nitin Kant, 20.
Some celeb tweets
Priyanka Chopra: Police control room for help #mumbai 22621855, 2265020, 22620111 ext 100
Ram Gopal Varma: When he heard about last night's blasts, I wonder what Kasab felt
Amitabh Bachchan: "Bomb blasts in Mumbai! God! I hope people are safe!!"
Farhan Akhtar: "Cowards strike again! Condolences to all who have lost someone dear... To the rest, please do not panic. Get home safe."
Riteish Deshmukh: "Shocked to hear the news of the blasts. Prayers for all who have suffered. And be safe and stay home."
Shabana Azmi: "I'm sick in the pit of my stomach. What a terribly terrible dastardly act."
Mugdha Godse: "Sad to see serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. The State government and Central government 'Pull Up Ur Socks!!!'"
What should we expect from celebs in a crisis like recent Mumbai blasts?