Sonam Kapoor takes on trolls; gets mocked for National Anthem blunder

Sonam Kapoor has been often at the receiving end of online abuse and bullying for fearlessly speaking her mind without worrying about repercussions that might follow. The ‘Neerja’ actress recently, penned a powerful column for a daily about the prevalence of trolls.

In the column in the Hindustan Times, Sonam said twitterati may call her a “bimbo,” but she is a “self-assured woman capable of expressing an opinion.” She also said that sensitivity is an important trait when on social media, and also expressed her anguish at being trolled for questioning the status quo and sometimes, the government.  

But for all the thoughts the actress shared about internet trolling, social media users picked up one line from the article and assumed that Sonam goofed up the National Anthem and started making fun of her.

A particular line from the column was extensively shared online, which read, “I love my country but for some of you - and you're the bigots, not me - I become 'anti-national' only because I ask questions or choose to be critical. Listen to the National Anthem… recall the line you heard as kids, 'Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai…'.”

Now, twitteratis love to troll when it comes to celebrities, so apparently, they assumed that Sonam meant 'Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Issai...’ and started abusing her and mocking her.

A tweet read, “National Anthem pata nahi aur chale National Award lene #sonamkapoor.” Another user called her, “SO DUMB KAPooR.”

Some users trended #SonamKapoorQuotes with statements like - I think India will win the #IPL trophy, My favourite tennis player is Arbaaz Khan, Pigeon is the National Bird of India (along with a picture of Sonam from ‘Dilli 6’), I have read the bible and it says that Allah is one true God, Manchester United is my favourite team in the IPL etc.  

Sonam too responded to the jokes and abuses saying that trolls have proved her point in the article. She tweeted, “Thank you so much twitter for the amazing response to my article and also to the #trolls who proved my point by the way they responded." She also shared screenshot of a Twitter post which said that the longer version of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Jana Gana Mana’ had the words ‘Hindu Bauddh Shikha Jain, Parasik Musolman Christaani’.