14 Jun – Despite no evidence of it ever happening, Kareena Kapoor Khan recently went trending on Twitter through the hashtag "BoycottKareenaKhan" for some rumours of her asking a hefty fee to play a Hindu goddess.
The said online boycott picked up steam on 12 June, after several tabloid websites alleged that the actress charged Rs120 million (approx. USD 1.6 million) to play the goddess Sita of the Hindu epic "Ramayana" in a new movie.
In addition to the unfounded rumour, many also expressed religious sentiments, stating that Kareena being married to Saif Ali Khan, who is a Muslim, should be reason enough to not let her play Sita.
"We want only Hindu actress for playing Mata Sita role. We will not accept her in the role of Mata Sita at all," said one Twitter user.
Another netizen even brought up the fact that the actress and her husband have named their 4 year-old son Taimur, stating, "Taimur was a Muslim invader and terrorist who came from Afghanistan to loot India, convert Hindus, to spread rape culture. Who are you to play the role of Mata Sita?"
It is noted that KV Vijayendra Prasad, who himself is writing the film, has already dismissed the reports prior to the backlash, with one website stating that the notion of Kareena asking for such a fee is ridiculous in this economic situation.