Very recently the New York Times had falsely painted the traditional sari as a symbol of ‘Hindutva’. That writer was criticized by noted commentators in the media and social media. The fact is that a sari makes a woman look gorgeous, and it is to India what a kimono is to Japan. The beautiful fabric is worn by women cutting across religious, cultural and geographic barriers.
But these days some trolls who have nothing better to do with their lives have made posing in a saree (or not posing) a risky thing for many Bollywood stars – as much as posing in a hot pant. For some strange reason they can’t understand the meaning of freedom of choice or the fact that saree has got nothing to do with religion.
Soha Ali Khan was called “not Muslim” for wearing a saree. Priyanka Chopra was trolled for not wearing a saree on Independence Day.
Raveena Tandon was criticized for wearing a saree and sarcastically taking a dig at those who call it communal. Deepika Padukone was needlessly trolled for wearing a saree.
Even Fatima Sana Sheikh faced the ‘religious’ fellows who commented on her wearing a saree. (She was previously trolled for wearing a bikini.)
So when Katrina Kaif posted this photo wearing a saree, anyone would obviously expect the ‘brigade’ to regurgitate their stupidity on social media.
But the surprise is that Katrina has been receiving all kinds of praises from commentators. People are not only appreciating the way she looks but also praising her poise.
Here are some of the best comments from a gamut of praises:
But one commentator won the day. He wrote that she looks like Lord Krishna’s beloved Radha. (That’s a really beautiful compliment, BTW!)
Here is that special comment:
Do note that there is practically no difference in Katrina’s saree photo and the photos of the other celebrities who were trolled. So it is clear that the good folks on social media are now, thankfully, more in number. It might also be possible that some of those who used to troll have understood that they have been doing something wrong, and that is a very positive sign.