Anushka Sharma’s Trolls Prove That India Can’t Handle Real “Power Couples”


Anushka Sharma’s Trolls Prove That India Can’t Handle Real “Power Couples”

Illustration: Arati Gujar


nother day, another round of troll wars on social media, and today’s victim is Anushka Sharma. The Bollywood star accompanied her husband, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, to the house of the High Commissioner of India in London, where she posed for a photo with the rest of the team. Because celebrities’ lives are much more interesting than a normal Twitter user’s, this photo became the latest storm in social media’s teacup, as people who think hashtags can make a difference asked Anushka Sharma who the hell she thought she was.

This is far from the first time Anushka has faced this kind of backlash. Her infamous takedown of a defenceless 28-year-old “boy” who “accidentally” littered from his car was met with an impassioned response by the manchild’s mother. And when Virat Kohli is not in his finest form, we believe blaming Anushka for existing is par for the course. Still, flouting the sacred BCCI custom where cricketers’ spouses don’t accompany them until the end of a series, was egregious even for a serial offender of Anushka’s calibre. And yet, she had the audacity to stand front and centre, right next to her own friggin’ husband. At this point, it’s clear that Anushka can’t seem to catch a break, considering she was mercilessly mocked for the grave sin of showing up at an event she was invited to attend.