Soni Razdan, the mother of Alia Bhatt and the wife of Mahesh Bhatt, has been quite the center of news, lately. It started when the director took to twitter regarding the unfortunate death of a 15 year old boy by the name of Junaid Khan. This 15 year old was killed in a train near the town of Ballabhgarh in Haryana, India.
Shortly after the incident, Razdan uploaded a picture of the deceased and implied that the killings were a result of hate towards the 15 year old’s religious background, and urged voters to keep the event in mind while voting for the upcoming elections. Consequently, she received severe backlash for her tweet when internet trolls called her out for uploading a misleading picture and spreading fake news, ahead of the elections.
If the trolls weren’t enough, Soni Razdan faced further criticism regarding her tweet about Junaid Khan from actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel, who tweeted the following, “These non-Indians, who are living off this land, using and abusing its people and its resources, lying about intolerance and spreading hatred, time to think about their agenda and not to get carried away with their provocations.”
Razdan addressed this backlash by making a statement on twitter, where she reacted to the haters with a befitting reply. She wrote, “Urging People to vote against hate has nothing to do with citizenship and everything to do with being a human being. We are all human beings first and citizens of the world we live in. Secularism and democratic principles are values and it’s those that I stand for. #VoteOutHate.”