Richa Chadha kicked a hornets’ nest when she reacted on Lt.General Upendra Dwivedi’s statement on taking back PoK from Pakistan. Her tweet was seen as an insult and mockery of the Indian Army when she reacted to the Lt.General’s statement with ‘Galwan says Hi’ and she was brutally trolled and criticized for the same. Her tweet made Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, Kay Kay Menon, Ashoke Pandit, FWICE and even cricketer Amit Mishra come out and slam her on social media and even resulted in people resorting to filing FIR against her. However, Prakash Raj has come out in her support and questioned Akshay’s comment sparking another row. Several netizens trolled Akshay for his Canadian citizenship, however, cricketer Amit Mishra questioned such individuals’ priorities and FWICE has condemned Richa’s statement and appealed to Maharashtra government to initiate appropriate action against her.
After Akshay condemned Richa’s tweet, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri also lashed out the actress. Reacting to Richa’s since deleted tweet, Akshay had written, “Hurts to see this. Nothing ever should make us ungrateful towards our armed forces. Woh hain toh aaj hum hain."
Hurts to see this. Nothing ever should make us ungrateful towards our armed forces. Woh hain toh aaj hum hain. pic.twitter.com/inCm392hIH
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 24, 2022
Rawal also took a dig at the actress and wrote, “Indian armed forces. ”
Indian armed forces.
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) November 25, 2022
Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri also slammed Richa and wrote, “Bollywoodiyas are the first to stand up against establishment, oppression and authority. They are also the first to kneel down in front of Bollywood’s corrupt establishment. But they have cheeks to question our great Army.”
Anupam Kher questioned the morality of the actress’ tweet.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) November 25, 2022
KayKay Menon wrote, “Our brave men& women in uniform,put their life on the line to keep every citizen of our Nation safe &secure! Least we can do is to behold love, respect & gratitude,in our hearts, towards such valour! #JaiHind! !!
Our brave men& women in uniform,put their life on the line to keep every citizen of our Nation safe &secure! Least we can do is to behold love, respect & gratitude,in our hearts, towards such valour! #JaiHind! !! pic.twitter.com/5mqbYfb8Ue
— KayKay Menon (@kaykaymenon02) November 24, 2022
However, actor-politician Prakash Raj questioned Akshay’s comment and seemingly took a dig on his Canadian citizenship tweeting, “Didn’t expect this from you @akshaykumar…having said that @RichaChadha is more relevant to our country than you sir. #justasking."
However, cricketer Amit Mishra stood by Akshay and other celebs who slammed Richa’s tweet. He questioned the priorities of netizens.
Absolutely sickening to say the least.. respect our fallen soldiers, respect those who give their all so that you can sleep peacefully at night. pic.twitter.com/KWKzmwvLei
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 24, 2022
What has happened to our priorities?
Instead of asking that actress to apologise for mocking Galvan martyrs, people are hounding Akshay Kumar and others who are standing with the Indian Army.
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 25, 2022
On the other hand, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) that labelled her tweet as “most irresponsible”. The film body has condemned Richa's tweet and also called for “film entities” to condemn the same. Appealing the Maharashtra government to take action against Richa, the FWICE issued a statement that reads, “In view of the above, we demand an immediate unconditional apology from the actress Richa Chadha. We also appeal to all the entities of the film industry to come forward and condemn her act which has not only hurt the sentiments of the Army personnel but also that of every Indian and seek legal action against her.” It further labelled the tweet as “the most irresponsible statement" and said it abused and disrespected the soldiers "who have laid down their lives at Galwan”. It appealed to the state government and police authorities to take “due cognizance” of the statement and “initiate necessary action” against Richa.
— Federation of Western India Cine Employees (@fwicemum) November 24, 2022
After receiving severe backlash for her tweet, Richa had issued an apology but the deed was done.
— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 24, 2022
Several netizens have called to boycott her upcoming release Fukrey 3 and a Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal has written to the authorities demanding an FIR be lodged against her.
— Sumit Kumar (@SumitLegal) November 24, 2022