Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt released the first poster of his comeback directorial feature “Sadak 2”, starring daughters Alia Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt, on social media on Monday evening, and was almost immediately fending against massive trolling and hatred.
Ever since the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput earlier this month, Bhatt has been has been at the receiving end on social media, like many Bollywood celebrities who accused of promoting nepotism and scuttling the chances of outsiders.
On Monday, netizens’ anger and hatred reflected in the comment section of the filmmaker’s latest post.
Bhatt released the poster with a caption that stated: “When you come to the end, you discover that there is no END.”
Reacting to his tweet, netizens slammed the filmmaker, holding him responsible for demeaning Sushant’s mental condition and threatening to boycott “Sadak 2”.
Instead of trending #sadak2
— Megha Gupta (@Meghatweety) June 28, 2020
“I boycott this movie and demand justice for Sushant #BoycottSadak2 #AliaBhatt #MaheshBhatt #CBIEnquiryForSushant,” declared a social media user.
— Nitin Soni (@TheCurlyPoet) June 21, 2020
“Get #boycottsadak2 trending. They think they can sabotage careers, declare people mentally ill and still continue to enjoy the perks of being a StAr kiD Pouting facePouting facePouting facePouting facePouting face #sadak2 #CBIEnquiryForSSR,” wrote another user.
— brownestshadeofautumn (@brownestshadeo1) June 28, 2020
“Attention…Attention…Attention….Public it’s your turn to show your power to this blady nepotism products boycott #sadak2 And ab inko sadak pe laana aapke hath mein hai
Let’s do it unitely#cbiforsushant #BoycottSadak2,” wrote a netizen.
Public it's your turn to show your power to this blady nepotism products boycott #sadak2
And ab inko sadak pe laana aapke hath mein hai
Let's do it unitely.#cbiforsushant #BoycottSadak2 pic.twitter.com/7oa5kibKE7
— Kangana Ranaut 👑FAN👑 (@its_beb0) June 29, 2020
While Alia also shared the poster on Instagram, she smartly ‘limited’ the comments section. Only one comment is visible.
However, Alia’s “Sadak 2” co-actor Aditya Roy Kapur shared the poster on Instagram and met with heavy trolling. Aditya, who is the youngest brother of bigwig producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, was faced with a barrage of hate speech aimed at Mahesh Bhatt and Alia Bhatt.
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A love saga that continues after 29 years! First day First show, from the comfort of your homes! Watch #Sadak2 on @DisneyPlusHotstarVIP with #DisneyPlusHotstarVIPMultiplex. @aliaabhatt @duttsanjay @poojab1972 @maheshfilm #MukeshBhatt #SuhritaSengupta @wrkprint @foxstarhindi @visheshfilms @sonymusicindia @makaranddeshpande_v @gulshangrover @senguptajisshu @priyankabose20
“Boycott Sadak 2. Boycott Alia Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt,” wrote a user.
“Sorry bro isme Alia Bhatt hai, hum nahi dekhenge (This film features Alia Bhatt and I am not going to watch it),” wrote another user.
“Sadak 2” is a follow-up of Mahesh Bhatt’s 1991 hit “Sadak” and is produced by his brother Mukesh Bhatt. The sequel reunites the original film’s lead pair of Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt, and also stars Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. “Sadak 2” marks Mahesh Bhatt’s return to filmmaking after 20 years.
On Monday afternoon, it was confirmed that the Bhatts have decided to bypass theatrical release for the film and take it directly to the streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar for an OTT premiere.