Hyderabad: Actor Deepika Padukone's visit to JNU on January 7 to show solidarity to students protesting mob violence at the varsity became a rallying point on Twitter, with a section of users calling for the boycott of her movie Chhapaak.
The film is due for release tomorrow, January 10, and online ticket booking platform Bookmyshow.com is offering the tickets for this movie in all major cities. However, after Deepika's visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), hashtags like #boycottchhapaak, #Chappak, #DeepikaPadukone, #shameonbollywood and #ChhapaakDekhoTapaakSe filled up Twitter. Many people including activists, students and celebrities, started commenting that they would give Chhapaak a miss and instead, watch Tanhaji – the unsung warrior which too releases on January 10.
Amid the intense debate, many shared the screenshot of what they called cancelled tickets of Chhapaak.
When searched with the hashtag '#boycottChhapaak', we found many tweets with an image of a cancelled ticket. In fact, all the users had shared the same picture. It says 3 Gold tickets were cancelled for Screen 1 at Cinemarc, Akota, Vadodara. The seat numbers are A8, A9, and A10 and the refund is Rs 420
Others carried the same image with a few details photoshopped to make it look different. But the attempt clearly failed.
Meanwhile, many users took to Twitter to support Deepika for her "brave action" even before the release of her film. This made #ISupportDeepika #ChhapakDekhoTapaakSe #DeepikaPadukone a leading trend. @deepikapadukone too was trending.
Therefore, the claim that too many people cancelled tickets for Chhapaak is FALSE.