A few days ago Deepika Padukone visited Jawaharlal Nehru University just before the release of Chhapaak to offer her support and stand by the students who carried out the non-violent protest. India was shocked at its core as the violence that took place on Sunday in the JNU campus had left many injured and enraged by it.
Deepika met the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh and pictures and videos were all over the Internet. While many praised the actress for her valorous courage and show of solidarity a section of people did not like the fact that she sided with the students. She even faced backlash.
No sooner Deepika visited JNU, #boycottchhapaak was a top trend on Twitter. Several demanded a ban on her recent release and Boycott Deepika was also trending on Twitter.
Now, Varun Dhawan has reacted to the same and stood by her side. Talking to NDTV, he said that these are just tactics to scare.
Dhawan said, “The 'boycott' word was used for my film 'Dilwale' which I did with Shah Rukh Khan. For "Padmaavat" too 'boycott' was used. These are the tactics to scare.”
He also said that these are the tactics they use that stop powerful businessmen from putting forth their views publicly, as they don’t want their businesses to suffer.
Varun was one of the Bollywood celebrities who raised his voice against attacks at JNU. During a previous interaction with IANS, said that people have to condemn such issues and can’t stay neutral. “It is dangerous and sad if masked people enter an educational institution and all this happens.”