Deepika Padukone, who stood in solidarity with the students of JNU during the recent protests, may have had many calling for a “boycott” on her upcoming film ‘Chhapaak’ and to “block” her account, but she has seemingly come out victorious.
The star, who won praise for being a rare Bollywood A-lister to stand up against the attack at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, also saw her fan-following growing over 40 thousand new followers, a stire that tracks social media analytics reported. The actress now has a total following over 26.8 million.
This, in turn, has made her the most followed Bollywood actress on Twitter, beating out Priyanka Chopra by over a million followers and is also over 5 million followers ahead of Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt.
The website reportedly states that Deepika has seen a steady growth in followers over the past week on Twitter. Even after her appearance at JNU, the figures state that her fan-following saw a bigger growth than the usual, despite many declaring that they had ‘unfollowed’ the actress.
According to reports, this stark contrast in numbers is said to be because of the #IStandWithDeepika trend which had members of the Bollywood film fraternity, fans and friends coming out in support of the actress’ actions. The hashtag that began trending on social media had many praising the actress for her “brave” and “bold” stand, days before the release of her production debut.