New Delhi: Actor Kangana Ranaut has brought all her drama queen talents to Twitter with her.
However, she appears to have crossed a line when in a tweet Thursday, she said that Mumbai felt like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and criticised the Mumbai Police.
This didn’t go down well with Mumbaikars — at all.
Actor Renuka Shahane got into a battle of words with Ranaut, each intent on shaming the other.
Dear @KanganaTeam I am all for criticizing Govts. But "why Mumbai is feeling like POK" seems to me like a direct comparison between Mumbai & POK. Your comparison was really in bad taste. As a Mumbaikar I did not like it! Maybe it was naive of me to expect any better from you. https://t.co/E9feLKsurv
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) September 3, 2020
Current poster boy of coronavirus, Sonu Sood relates destiny to the city of Mumbai.
मुंबई .. यह शहर तक़दीरें बदलता है।
सलाम करोगे तो सलामी मिलेगी। 🇮🇳
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) September 3, 2020
Another Mumbai ‘outsider’ actor Swara Bhasker, who has engaged in several feuds with Ranaut, thanks Mumbai Police for making the city safe.
As an outsider, an independent working woman & resident of #Mumbai for the past decade. Just want to say that Bombay is one of easiest & safest cities to live & work in. Thank you @MumbaiPolice @CPMumbaiPolice for your relentless efforts & service to keep #AamchiMumbai safe. 🙏🏽🇮🇳
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 3, 2020
But BJP Mahila Morcha’s Priti Gandhi digs out an old Bhasker tweet which says something very different about the police.
Pic 1: Swara Bhaskar on odd days.
— Priti Gandhi – प्रीति गांधी (@MrsGandhi) September 3, 2020
And, Bollywood’s Urmila Matondkar and Ritiesh Deshmukh find that Mumbai has many other qualities to admire.
मुंबई हिंदुस्तान है।
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 3, 2020
Maharashtra is cultural n intellectual face of India..land of Great Shivaji maharaj. Mumbai has fed millions of Indians n given them Name Fame n Glory.Only ungrateful can compare it with POK..Shocked n disgusted #EnoughIsEnough #आमचीमुंबई #mumbaimerijaan #जयमहाराष्ट्र ❤️
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) September 3, 2020
Onto other subjects as one of Bollywood’s more articulate stars Richa Chadha shares some wisdom about social media trolls.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan shows us what it feels like when you’re happy to go to work…
T 3648 – yooo .. hooo !!! .. back to the grind and work .. 4 campaign films .. 5 outfit changes .. 4 still shoots .. 5 hrs one day .. other than me everyone else looking like they ready for a 'heist' 🤣🤣🤣🤣 .. and tomorrow on to KBC .. !! pic.twitter.com/C8Bio5k2pA
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 3, 2020
In politics, here’s a good old-fashioned BJP Congress pow-wow.
फर्क साफ है… pic.twitter.com/kPv4uWRpHt
— BJP (@BJP4India) September 4, 2020
— Congress (@INCIndia) September 4, 2020
This is one way to put ‘herd immunity’ into perspective.
"Herd immunity" through natural infection with a lethal virus is a mass death event, not a public health plan.
— Ryan McNamara 🧬 (@Ryan_Mac_Phd) September 2, 2020
Let’s see if this ‘Royal’ carriage is able to carry home the IPL trophy, this time.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 3, 2020
Lastly, leaving you with a lovely weekend watch, dear readers.
Check-out this haunting 1902 film of the Wuppertal Suspended Railway in Germany — but now it’s been colorized and upscaled to 4K — and it’s amazing… pic.twitter.com/cwHtrNJcha
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 3, 2020
With inputs from Shubhangi Misra
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