Mumbai: The endless number of controversial tweets Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) has posted in the last couple of months has earned him the title of a notorious social media user. From his allegedly sexist and degrading International Women’s Day tweet on Sunny Leone to asking Tiger Shroff to stop being a ‘bikini babe’ and learn ‘machoism’ on his birthday, the Director has exercised his freedom of speech in the most hideous way possible.
For the uninitiated, Tiger Shroff celebrated his birthday on March 2 and everyone – from people within the industry to fans- wished the very best for this young lad expect for one person, Ram Gopa Varma. In a series of tweets, RGV was highly critical of Tiger and asked him not to pose the ‘urmilaish way’, to man up and exhibit ‘machoism’ like his father Jackie Shroff. Upon facing backlash, Ramu justified his tweets saying that he was only appreciating Jackie and that Tiger and his mother Aisha Shroff should not take his remarks to heart.
Jackie Shroff, who is currently working with the director on ‘Sarkar 3’, has been quiet so far. So when he attended the inauguration of Ramesh Sippy Academy of Entertainment and Cinema yesterday, he was asked to comment on RGV’s harsh criticism of his son. The actor reportedly said, “He spoke about my son but that doesn't mean I will go and fight with him.”
Speaking about the insensitive International Women’s Day tweet, Bindass Bhidu of Bollywood said, “He is a big boy. He knows what he is talking about... But I will not say such a thing about a lady. It's his thinking.”
After the controversial tweets on Tiger triggered a furore on social media, the young actor addressed the issue in his usual calm demeanour. He said: I am not even half a man as my father is. He is the original hero. Even if I try I can’t be like him. But everyone has freedom of speech. He is a senior director, so, there’s not much I can say. I try to be my own individual and express my individuality. Some might appreciate my artistic expressions, some may not. To each his own.
The father-son due is class personified. Don’t you think?!