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Anupam Kher, Esha Gupta react to Vivek Oberoi’s controversial tweet: ‘It shows his mentality’

Several Bollywood actors have reacted to Vivek Oberoi’s now deleted tweet, in which the PM Narendra Modi actor had brought up Aishwarya Rai’s romantic history with both himself and Salman Khan.

bollywood Updated: May 21, 2019 16:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Salman Khan,Vivek Oberoi,Aishwarya Rai
Vivek Oberoi, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Several Bollywood actors have reacted to Vivek Oberoi’s controversial tweet, in which the PM Narendra Modi actor had shared a meme on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Anupam Kher slammed the actor. "It's very shameful. It's as simple as that. He shouldn't have done that. It's absolutely not cool," he told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event. His One Day co-star, actor Esha Gupta, also slammed Oberoi and said the tweet is a reflection of who he is. "It just shows your mentality, specially if you're getting a minor involved. It's not in good taste at all. It just shows how he is. It doesn't reflect on what others are. It was shameful," she said.

Vivek on Tuesday apologised for posting the meme, and deleted the tweet. He wrote, “Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever. Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies, tweet deleted.”

The tweet was met with widespread condemnation by several notable personalities, including actor Sonam Kapoor, who called it ‘disgusting and classless’. Vivek reacted by advising Sonam to not ‘overact’ and ‘overreact’. He said, according to ANI, “...Aap apni filmon mein thoda kam overact karein aur social media pe thoda kam overreact karein (I would advise you to not overact in your films, and don’t overreact on social media). I’ve been working in women empowerment for 10 years now. I don’t think this is hurting anyone’s sentiments.”

The tweet also came under the scanner of National Commission for Women. “Very disgraceful and in extreme bad taste of #VivekOberoi to put up such a disrespectful post. At least show the decency to pull off the post if not apologise to the lady and her little girl,” actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar tweeted. The NCW sent a notice to the actor asking him to give an explanation for sharing the “insulting” and “misogynist” tweet

Vivek, who reportedly dated Aishwarya in the early 2000s, posted a meme with three panels, one with him, another with Salman Khan and a third with her husband Abhishek and daughter Aaradhya on Twitter. The captions for each of the three panels read, ‘opinion poll’, ‘exit poll’ and ‘result’, respectively. Vivek, Salman and Aishwarya have had much-publicised differences in the past. Vivek in a now infamous press conference had alleged that he was being threatened by Salman, while he was dating Aishwarya. He later apologised.

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First Published: May 21, 2019 16:02 IST