Sushant Singh Rajput drops his surname to protest assault on Bhansali, Twitter reacts

Two days after a group called Karni Sena physically manhandled Bollywood Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali over alleged distortion of history of Rajput queen Padmawati, actor Sushant Singh Rajput decided to protest this act in a unique way.

He decided to drop his surname “Rajput” (and “Singh” too) from his name for a day. He did it by editing the display name of Twitter, which is back to his old name (with “Singh Rajput” included) this morning. He claimed that he did it so to send a message that group like Karni Sena don’t represent all Rajputs.

While some, especially in the mainstream media and the actor’s fans, thought it was an awesome move, others questioned the logic behind the act. The act of dropping a surname is closer to disowning one’s identity than protecting that identity from being hijacked, as Sushant (Singh Rajput) had claimed.

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And it attracted a wide range of comments on Twitter:

Bollywood should make up its mind. Does a name matter (when it’s Rajput) or it doesn’t matter (when it’s Taimur)?

Bollywood’s peculiar kind of virtue signaling?

Perhaps such a statement is better fit if one claims that a fringe doesn’t represent the community?

One guy was so upset, he recorded a video message for Sushant (Singh Rajput):

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And when it comes to Twitter, how can some fun and sarcasm be behind?

And in a novel way of protesting to match Sushant Singh Rajput’s style, some decided to add “Rajput” to their names:

Sushant Singh Rajput called everyone criticising his move as “paid troll” after such responses went viral.


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