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Randeep Hooda On Trolling Gurmehar Kaur: “I Should’ve Been More Careful”

Actor Randeep Hooda has admitted that he should have been careful with his tweet related to Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur. 


“It wasn’t gender specific. I was and I am against politicisation of personal opinions. There was an axe to grind and considering the environment in the country vis-a-vis women, in hindsight, I do believe I should have been more careful,” he told PTI News.

The Lady Sri Ram College student, daughter of army martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, made a video last year in which she spoke about her father, violence, war and other things. Recently, she was part of a viral social media campaign against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJP’s student wing. Her campaign got her caught up in a Twitter feud with cricketer Virendra Sehwag who made fun of her with a picture. Randeep Hooda joined in and called her a ‘political pawn’. 

“As an actor I have faced this (trolling) before and will have it in future but as a young person to face this would be very traumatic and she shouldn’t have gone through this,” added the actor. 


The actor was speaking at the launch of second season of MTV Big F, a show which he will be hosting. He also spoke of cyber bullying and how stars get trolled every time they express their opinions. “When I spoke for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, I got trolled. It seems we are not having a conversation. We tend to be abusive. We are trolling people. It is absolutely wrong. You can have a point of view and you can disagree. Whether it is a man or a woman, it is wrong to troll and if it is a woman it is a crime,” he said, insisting that social media should become more safe for women since they are constantly threatened online. 

Soon after Hooda trolled the 20-year-old student online, he posted an apology a week ago to clarify his stance saying that he wasn’t being insensitive to the daughter of a soldier, who gave his life for the country.

Here’s the Facebook post:

Don’t hang me over a laugh! Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. Damn!! He is so witty and this is one of the…

Posted by Randeep Hooda on Monday, February 27, 2017