Meera Chopra didn’t know what hit her when, during a chat on social media with the public she happened to mention that she liked the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu and she that she didn’t know much about NTR Jr.
That was it. NTR Jr’s fanatical fans took off on a tirade of vulgar insults against the actress.
“I’ve received hundreds of threats from NTR Jr’s fans many of them offering to gangrape me. Some of them have morphed my face on porn stars showing gangrape,” says the shaken actress who has reported every one of them to the cybercrime team.
“I’d have probably borne the brunt of the violent and explicit abuse. But then NTR’s fans took off on my parents. Some of them said they wished my parents got the coronavirus. That’s when I was shaken up. I decide to take action against these so-called fans of NTR Jr,” says Meera.
She wonders why NTR Jr is quiet through all the attack on her. “All he has to do is to tell his fans to stop, and they will stop. But he is not doing it. I wonder why! What kind of fans does he have who threaten to gangrape a woman because she likes another star?”
Meera is not just dismayed by NTR Jr’s silence but also by the lack of support from her fraternity in this hour of distress. “Not a single member of the entertainment industry has said word in my support. Not even those who are generally so vocal on social media.”
She means Swara Bhaskar and Richa Chadha? “Yes, in fact Richa is a friend of mine. Maybe she doesn’t want NTR Jr’s fans to target her. I am okay with fighting these cyber goons on my own. I am going to make sure they are taken to task because these cyber abusers , if not checked, go out there and actually rape women.”
Meera feels the cult of abusive fan-crushing must end. “This is a South phenomenon. Every superstar in the South must sternly warn his fans to not indulge in abuse. NTR Jr should openly disown these so-called fans who are threatening to rape me and questioning my character. Because his silence says more about him than the abuses of his fanatical fans.”