It was back in 2016 when superstar Aamir Khan’s Dangal hit the screens. It turned out to be one of the most iconic films ever made in the history of Indian cinema. The sports drama narrated the real-life story of the Phogat sisters, Babita and Geeta, who were coached into becoming champions by their ex-wrestler father Mahavir Phogat.
Aamir Khan was trending on social media this morning after a tweet by Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Babita Phogat captured the attention of netizens. For the unversed, Babita Phogat’s tweet referred to the incident that took place in Indore, where a mob of angry locals attacked healthcare workers and civic officials after they tried to screen residents of a society for COVID-19. She had tweeted, “At your place it have spread through bats, in India it spread through illiterate pigs.”
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— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) April 1, 2020
Phogat’s words were found objectionable by a certain section of social media users, who even commented that Babita’s claim to fame was Aamir Khan’s Dangal. And that very few people knew her before the film. As a result of the same, Aamir Khan started trending on Twitter.
Some even called it the wrestler’s attempt to target a community and to communalise the Markaz Nizamuddin incident, where over 2,000 people had gathered for a religious event. However, she later clarified that her tweet aimed at those, who are attacking cops and doctors along with the medical staff.