Hardik Pandya Might Become a Better Celebrity, But it’ll Take More than Our Outrage to Change Him

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Hardik Pandya Might Become a Better Celebrity, But it’ll Take More than Our Outrage to Change Him

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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had no idea who Hardik Pandya was until I saw the shredded remains of a reputation he might have had splattered all over my Twitter timeline. As I acquainted myself with this enigma, I learnt that he had done the unthinkable. Pandya forgot to wear the mask of the liberal sophisticate when he made his debut on the now infamous Koffee With Karan couch. I didn’t even have to watch the episode – and now I can’t, considering it’s been pulled off by Hotstar – to know that for Pandya, women are trophies meant to be picked up from nightclubs after he’s done with the fourth shot of the night. And then, like a dutiful son, proudly brags about his conquests to his parents. The only upshot is that Rani Mukherjee wasn’t lurking in the background in her neon-coloured glasses so Pandya’s mother was spared from being accused of raising a first-grade asshole.

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