In another instance of misusing freedom of expression to abuse celebrities, Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan was attacked on social media by a few religious extremists after she visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Soha Ali Khan is the daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, and sister of Saif Ali Khan. As she will be next seen essaying a Sikh housewife in upcoming film '31st October', she had visited Golden Temple. She wouldn't have imagined that she will have to bear the derogatory comments for this act.
Soha, who comes from a royal and liberal family, has now hit back at the trolls. She said in a statement, 'I am all for freedom of expression, but being told how going to a temple makes me a non-Muslim is plain callous. My religion is my business alone. Whether I choose to do namaz or go to a church, how does it affect anyone? People shouldn't bother about what's not their business.'
'I am not a commodity and so, a particular community cannot own me. Respect each other's choices. That's the culture India signifies, not the one of hatred that people commenting on my timeline are trying to propagate. I try not to be affected by it and frankly, as long as no one is coming into my private space or harming me physically, I don't care. But those who are desperate to have an opinion on my life, at least try to have an educated one,' Soha added.
In fact, Soha had to face severe criticism in the past as well when she married actor Kunal Kemmu, a Hindu. But the same religious extremists were silent when her brother Saif Ali Khan married actress Kareena Kapoor, a Hindu.
BY M.DIVYA SRI