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Twitter turns sanskari, Alok Nath logs in

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 26, 2014
First Published: 13:57 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:06 IST(26/6/2014)

Now there is no escaping his moral platitudes in the virtual world too. Twitter turned sanskari on Thursday when Alok 'Bauji' Nath too logged-in with a personal account on  the micro-blogging site.

Interestingly, his first post said, "Pranaam Twitter world! Finally attending the party you guys threw for me. Let's hope it's a good one. Cheers!"

Alok Nath, best known as the 'ultimate father' of the film industry, became a pop-culture icon as the Sanskari Babuji on Twitter a few months back when one of his movies was being aired on television.

In a bizarre twist, Twitter was soon flooded with jokes and spin-offs of his characters and dialogues. The trend continues unabated even now, without showing any signs of petering off any time soon: in the last six months, there have been close to 2,00,000 Tweets about him and his TV character, most of them taking a dig at his monologues on morality.

Talking about his debut on the social networking site, Alok Nath said, "I'm excited to join Twitter since people have popularised my character on it and I'm happy to now finally share the real Alok Nath with the world. It feels like there was a party thrown in my honour and I didn't attend. So I'm attending now, fashionably later than never and I'm looking forward to engaging with my fans and friends in real-time."

Pratiksha Rao, entertainment partnerships manager, Twitter, said, "We are very happy to welcome Alok Nath on Twitter. Twitter is the global town square where users can engage in live and public conversation about their interests from news to sports to films to comedy. Twitter users can now engage in conversation with Alok Nath and discover more about him outside of his TV shows’ persona."

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