Sonakshi Sinha’s recent appearance on season 11 of Kaun Banega Crorepati has brought Twitter trolls out in full force after the Mission Mangal actor failed to answer a question on the Ramayana. The Mission Mangal actor was stumped by host Amitabh Bachchan question, “According to the Ramayana, from whom did Hanuman fetch the Sanjeevani buti (herb)?” The four options she was given were - Sugriva, Lakshman, Sita and Ram.
Several Twitter users have pointed out the irony of her inability to answer the question when the names of several members of her family are derived from the Ramayana. Her father Shatrughan Sinha gets his name from Ram’s youngest brother and her siblings are named Luv and Kush, the same as Ram and Sita’s sons. The family’s bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, also happens to be named Ramayana.
Some also compared her apparent ignorance on the subject to Alia Bhatt’s infamous appearance on Koffee With Karan in 2013 where she hastily called Prithviraj Chauhan the President of India, instead of Pranab Mukherjee, during the show’s rapid fire round.
While some of the ensuing memes are admittedly funny, most of them are terribly mean-spirited. Most Twitter users aimed for low-hanging fruit, calling her “dumb” and blaming her father for not teaching her about “Hinduism, religion and Indian culture”. Some even went as far saying she didn’t deserve her role as a scientist in Mission Mangal – because knowledge of Hindu mythology is what launched the Mars Orbiter Mission, right? And since when did sanskaar become a measure of one’s intellect? It goes without saying that general awareness is important, but at at time when there are no dearth of causes to concern oneself with, from climate change to the lockdown on Kashmir that’s lasted nearly two months, maybe a Bollywood celebrity’s ability to commit the Ramayana to memory should be far lower on our list of priorities – or perhaps not one of them at all.
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