The hashtags #BoycottShahRukhKhan and #WeLoveShahRukhKhan were trending on Twitter this morning. Both are receiving a large amount of tweets for obvious reasons, but it is unclear why the Badshah of Bollywood is receiving so much vitriol.
The former hashtag campaign was initiated by Arun Yadav, the in-charge of the BJP Haryana’s Information Technology Department, and it quickly gathered traction.
“I boycott all films of Shah Rukh Khan,” Yadav said in Hindi on Twitter, launching the hashtag #BoycottShahRukhKhan. This lit up the social media, and it quickly gained traction.
People began uploading images of the superstar with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, as well as his alleged words against the Narendra Modi government and India, to show their support for the cause.
Soon after, a counter-hashtag appeared. #WeLoveShahRukhKhan began trending an hour later, but it quickly inundated Twitter with posts greatness of the Zero actor’s excellence.
Comments such as he is the most charitable person in the film industry, screenshots showing him giving an interview to CNN that has “The World’s Biggest Movie Star” written at the bottom to photos Khan clicked with acid attack survivors were shared to bash the haters.
“The only Indian actor with the maximum number of doctorates for his Charity work and the only Indian actor to receive the UNESCO award for charity Bharat ki Shaan, Shah Rukh Khan,” said one user.