By Arré Bench Sep. 02, 2020
As the trolling and witch hunt of Rhea Chakraborty continues unabated, some of her fellow female actors have expressed their solidarity. Swara Bhasker, Taapsee Pannu, Sonam Kapoor, and now Vidya Balan have stood up against the vicious campaign.
There will be very few people who look back fondly on the hellscape of 2020, but Rhea Chakraborty has more reason than most to want to forget this year. After her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the 25-year-old has had her reputation dragged through the mud by fans of the late actor and his family members. Implicated in a conspiracy theory involving Rajput’s unproved murder that grows more lurid by the day, Chakraborty has had to face endless waves of trolls attacking her online and crackpot news anchors assassinating her character on live TV. But as the trolling continues unabated, supporters of Chakraborty have come forward as well, especially her fellow female actors, who have expressed their solidarity against the hate she has been facing for months.
As in any situation involving toxic fans and online trolls, the very act of speaking up for their target turns these actors into targets as well, marking it as a bold step to take while Chakraborty is going through the same ordeal.
— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) September 1, 2020
Vidya Balan was one of the latest to express her sympathies for Chakraborty. “As a woman, my heart breaks at the vilification of Rhea Chakraborty,” she wrote in a tweet, while also calling for law to be allowed to take its course. Predictably, Balan was also called names like “gold-digger” in the replies to the tweet, revealing the misogynistic mindset of the trolls.