Why Can’t Social Media Bear to Listen to Rhea Chakraborty’s Side of the Story?

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Why Can’t Social Media Bear to Listen to Rhea Chakraborty’s Side of the Story?

Months after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, TV news channels continue to relentlessly pursue the case, putting forth dozens of conspiracy theories related to an alleged Bollywood mafia, and egging on a rabid social media mob to target the late actor’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty.

Even as the CBI continues to investigate the death on the side, India Today’s consulting editor and senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai became the centre of this heated debate on Thursday after revealing that he had interviewed Chakraborty.

“My only crime is that I loved Sushant… let any investigation agency Qs me, I have NOTHING to hide…” the anchor wrote on Twitter, quoting Chakraborty, and announcing that the exclusive interview will be aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Thursday night.

In an earlier tweet, the anchor noted how Chakraborty had been vilified by the national media in the last few months, and said it was “time to hear her side of the story.”

However, many on social media didn’t seem to agree with the journalist, as the hashtags “boycottIndiaToday” and “ShameonAajTak” soon began to trend on Twitter.

Among the detractors was Sushant Singh’s sister, Shweta Singh Kirti, who took to Twitter to express her displeasure with one of the questions asked, as seen in a promo released by the channel ahead of the interview.

In another tweet, Kirti claimed Rajdeep Sardesai had called her brother a mediocre actor and reiterated the demand that Chakraborty be officially interrogated. She also called on her extended family to get the interview blocked from airing.

These calls were echoed by several of the actor’s fans on social media, who have been relentlessly pressing for an independent investigation for the last few months, while simultaneously delivering their own verdict in the case.

Sardesai’s announcement, however, also drew the ire of a few others, who thought there were much more pressing issues to discuss at primetime rather than interview an actor who has already been subject to immense scrutiny. The hashtag accompanying his post, “IndiaTodayGrillsRheaChakraborty” also found few takers.

In the promos of the interview released by the channel, Chakraborty appears to address concerns surrounding Sushant Singh’s mental health, speaks about his relationship with her brother Shouvik, and reveals what transpired during the couple’s 2019 Euro Trip.

Given the nature of the case, it’s to be expected at this point that anyone who talks about the death will be subject to relentless trolling. Once the interview releases tonight, chances are the situation is bound to get uglier.