Nikesha Patel was at the receiving end of the netizens’ fury. It all began on September 2, when actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s celebrates his birthday. As would any fan, Nikesha, too, posted birthday wishes for the actor–politician on her Twitter account.
But what unfolded thereon was a comedy of errors.
Anticipating the birthday wishes for Pawan, a few Twitter trolls had already created and began trending another hashtag, #HappyBirthdayPawalaKalyan. “Pawala” in Telugu means “cheap”.
And guess who fell for the trick? Our very own Nikesha! While wishing her favourite actor Pawan Kalyan, Nikesha mistakenly used the trending troll hashtag #HappyBirthdayPawalaKalyan. No sooner had she tweeted and the actress came under severe criticism for the fake hashtag. Soon, she was facing the wrath of fans angry at her “irresponsible” tweet. Nikesha, who was quick to realise her mistake, deleted the controversial tweet and even posted a fresh tweet wishing Pawan. But it was too late.
Not the one to back down, Nikesha posted another series of tweets admonishing the fans for their highhandedness. “Wish media and #pspk fans would calm down with the http://trolling.It was trending and without noticing a spelling mistake I pressed. have no intentions on [sic] hurting #pawankalyan I repeat #PAWANKALYAN !!! He has all my love and respect. And its idiots out there who create such trending hashtags and I get into trouble for it. I give up on social media. I'm of [sic] social media for some time. Keep the negativity going and keep the trolling going while I'm not listening. (sic),” she tweeted.