After Gurmeet Ram Rahim was declared guilty of raping two women in 2002 by a special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday, violence has erupted in the state of Haryana.
The fact that things could go out of hand was on people's mind even before the verdict came. Particularly, it appears, Sidharth Malhotra whose film A Gentleman released on Friday. The actor tweeted that he hoped everyone in Haryana would stay safe and make it to watch his film soon.
The accompanying hashtags read #AGentleman and #PeaceandLove.
â€” Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
Sidharth later tweeted that he'd posted his message before the verdict came out.
To people who are commenting on my morning tweets,they were made before the verdict ! Thoughts n prayersâ€” Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
We're not sure how this information changes anything.
Twitter didn't think Sidharth plugging his film with a 'stay safe' message was gentlemanly at all. While Sidharth's priority might well be the fate of his film at the box office, it's unlikely that this would be anyone's top reason for wishing for peace in Haryana.
While most of the responses are unprintable (although some would say justified), here are some we could gather for you.
This was a shameful way of promoting your film. For god sake can you get considerateâ€” Rahul Bhutani (@BhutaniRahul) August 25, 2017
Doesn't matter. Nobody watches his films either...â€” Surya (@heartpatent) August 25, 2017
I am planning to go to #Panchkula just give me the movie in phone. I would love to watch it between teargas and bullets.â€” Chandler Bing (@honest_jokes) August 25, 2017
but who will save them from your film?â€” pnkj (@AskThePankazzzz) August 25, 2017
â€” Sarkarsm (@thebakwaashour) August 25, 2017
That's my boy pic.twitter.com/7glP9Sf99Uâ€” Akbar Kazi (@Being_Akbar) August 25, 2017