Mumbai: As Priyanka Chopra returns to India for a break on Thursday, she has been bombarded with hate messages on the social media. And what did the Baywatch star did to displease the trolls? She shared a boomerang video of herself on August 15, India’s Independence Day, where she is wearing a tee and jeans and has a tricolour dupatta wrapped around her neck. Taking to Instagram, she had written, “Independence Day #Vibes#MyHeartBelongsToIndia #happyindependencedayindia #jaihind.” The trolling started almost immediately.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 15, 2017
Mind you, she is not wearing the National Flag. Her dupatta has the colours of the flag but no Ashoka Chakra. Now, those are the colours many of us sported on August 15 and proudly so. Then why all the vitriol against Priyanka? Here are some samples of responses on her video: “Hey show some respect to our country flag ..”, “Priyanka should apologise for this controversial post”, “she is disrespecting India to gain publicity” and “This is not your dupatta stupid, show some respect.”
However, Priyanka is not wearing the National Flag but only its colours as the Ashoka Chakra is conspicuously missing. Priyanka’s fans were quick to point this out and soon her Instagram wall became a battle ground.
And then, there was another section of trolls who were angry because Priyanka was wearing a T-shirt and not traditional Indian attire while being draped in the colours. This section wanted Priyanka not to return to India and find herself a sari or salwar-kameez on the “auspicious day”.
The Baywatch actor, however, is not new to this sort of attack. A few weeks earlier, she was attacked because she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin while wearing a dress. She was asked to “show some shame” and be properly dressed to meet an elder/PM of the country/her elder and the PM. A lot of people were outraged because she was showing her legs while meeting the PM.