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4 Times R. Madhavan Had To Fend Off Internet Trolls

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Actor Ranganathan 'Maddy' Madhavan has been the 'chocolate boy' icon for several years, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger to controversy. From this week's ISRO debacle to past incidents, let's take a look at moments where the 51-year old was subjected to criticism, hazing, and trolling online.

ISRO's Hindu Calendar Claims, June 2022

Image Credits: @actormaddy/Instagram

Image Credits: @actormaddy/Instagram

Demoting himself to something of a 'Whatsapp Uncle', Maddy invited hundreds of comments making fun of him for claiming that India's Space Effort ISRO calculated crucial figures for their Mars mission by relying on the 'Panchang', an ancient Hindu calendar. The actor was forced to own up to his ignorance after his very unscientific claims.

Taking on a Sexist Script With 'Decoupled', December 2021

Image Credits: Netflix India

Image Credits: Netflix India

Cringe humour and insensitive dialogue abound, many fans wondered why Madhavan even picked up the role of Arya in 2021 release Uncoupled. The actor was criticized for taking part in the Manu Joseph-written film, and accused of propagating petty, sexist narratives through his association with the project.

Accusations of Alcoholism and Drug Use, January 2021

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

Unable to avoid the onslaught of NCB-crazed trolls on Twitter, a self-professed doctor accused Madhavan of being an alcoholic and drug addict after he featured on a post from fellow-actor Amit Sadh. The user 'analyzed' Maddy's face before proclaiming him to be abusing drugs and alcohol. He replied in turn, suggesting that the doctor go book an appointment for herself first.

Dealing With Communal Trolls, August 2019

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

Celebrating  Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day on Instagram with a photo of his father and son dressed in Hindu religious garb, Madhavan was heckled by a bigoted follower who criticised the actor for having a cross near his home's altar. The actor quickly schooled the user, explaining his acceptance of all faiths and his disinterest in catering to bigotry online.