After facing flak on Twitter for allegedly saying "all men are rapits", Indian film actress-director Nandita Das clarified that she had never made the statement.
The 45-year-old diva, who made her debut in the Indian film industry with the film "Firaaq" – a film based on 2002 Gujarat riots, was criticised on Thursday after a photo of her's with the remark "every man is a potential rapist" surfaced on Twitter.
After scores of people condemned her on Twitter with hashtag #NanditaDasQuotes, Das came out in her defense and clarified that she never generalised men.
I'm being falsely quoted Never said all men are rapists. What kind of a stupid generalisation is that? sad that 1 have to even explain this.
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 2, 2015
— Jameel جميل (@jameelsjam) April 2, 2015
Every hypocritical retard is a potential Nandita Das #NanditaDasQuotes
— Abhimanyu Srikant (@srikantabhi_001) April 2, 2015
Oh man! Looks like Nandita Das committed social suicide! Or is it another publicity stunt? #NanditaDasQuotes
— Piyush Goel (@pigol1) April 2, 2015
While twitterati were busy criticising Das, there were a few who came out in her support.
— Sweta Dash (@KlutzSaysHi) April 2, 2015
"@nanditadas Those of us who've followed your work know that you wouldn't say something like that," tweeted Chintan Girish Modi in response to Das' tweet.
@nanditadas I know you publicly since 1947 earth and more; I didn't believe a single tweet. Haters gonna hate, Tweeters gonna Tweet. Ignore.
— Pushpendra (@peculiarblend) April 2, 2015
Soon after the picture surfaced on Twitter, the hashtag became a trend which was also used to mock at others such as AAP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PM Narendra Modi.
Every Gujarati is a potential Prime Minister. #NanditaDasQuotes
— Chatur (@ThePseudoGenius) April 2, 2015
Kejriwal is a potential US President. #NanditaDasQuotes
— TheGoodCounsel (@sourabhmalhotra) April 2, 2015