Twitteratis were met with utter shock when the babuji of Bollywood Alok Nath used a curse word for Kavita Krishnan, a social activist on Twitter.
According to Bollywood Hungama, Alok Nath tweeted calling Kavita Krishnan a b**ch after she questioned the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's selfie campaign featuring fathers and daughters. Kavita tweeted:
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In response to Kavita's tweet, Alok tweeted "jail the b**ch" which he later on deleted. Alok's tweet however backfired. It appears that people were disappointed and shocked to see such a foul word coming from someone as ‘humble’ as Alok Nath, kudos to the presumed notions about his persona.
Explaining his offensive tweet Alok said, "It was done in the spur of the moment. I was very upset when the lady called our prime minister a 'stalker'. She had no business to be so crass and disrespectful to a man who holds the highest office in the land and who is trying to do only good for all of us. According to me, the idea of fathers posting selfies with ones' daughters was just so fabulous. Why spoil it with such crass negativity?"
According to Alok his tweet was an emotional response. He reacted as a huge fan of the Indian prime minister and a father who had just posed a selfie with his daughter upon the prime minister’s social request.
"I reacted as a huge fan of Narendra Modiji and as the father of a daughter who had just a posted a picture for Modiji's request. When I read this lady's 'stalker' comment, I was shocked and disgusted. This lady was insulting all the daughters of the land, including mine. I reacted emotionally. I shouldn't have used such a strong and harsh word. I immediately regretted my impulsive response and deleted the tweet. But it was too late. I was flooded with hate messages."
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The actor also tweeted a photo with his pet using the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter
The veteran actor has been in the industry for more than two decades now. He has worked for Bollywood and television too and is known for usually playing roles of a stereotypical Indian father figure who values religion and morality. He is often seen playing the ideal pious father, uncle and grandfather in Bollywood movies.
Alok Nath says he is more amused than honoured by the sanskari image audiences have given him.
"It prohibits me from crossing the line most of the time. But it isn't an image that I consciously cultivated or even wanted for myself. It just happened. And it isn't a bad image to live with. I quite enjoy the image of a principled Babuji," says Alok, whose daughter has learnt filmmaking in the US and has assisted Anurag Kashyap recently.
His image of sanskaari babuji and recent outburst have drawn multiple reactions from Twitter:
If you think Alok Nath should behave what he portrays in reel life, do you expect Bollywood villains to be terrorists & murderers in real?— DIPESH SHAH (@urdiips) July 3, 2015
#Aloknath's image manager is one genius! 180 degree image turn in less than a day!— George Kuriakose (@gkuriakose) June 30, 2015
Anybody boycotting #AlokNath's serial to protest against his abusing a woman. Btw anybody watching them in first place?— Friends of Congress (@friendscongress) June 30, 2015
Alok's sanskaari image also led to a lot of memes going viral on the internet.
Alok is the only person who is never friend-zoned.
And took his ashirwaad.
Now that's sanskaar.
Modi ji will be happy.
Because Alok is the universal babuji.
Like never before.
Some of the famous movies in which Alok Nath has worked in are Maine Pyar Kiya, Taal, Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Pardes, Vivah and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum. His first film was Gandhi which was released in 1982.