September 15 : Tillotama Shome, who won immense appreciation for her performance in the film Sir, reacted to a comment by a “hater” on Twitter. The talented actress wondered if the comment can be considered as an insult.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Tillotama wrote, “A hater on social media called me a ‘flop actress who looks likes a maid’. Now how is that even mildly insulting, given my situation!?” Tillotama added the hashtag, ‘Dignity of labour’.
Pooja Bhatt, who is quite vocal on social media, immediately came in her support and defended her. Pooja’s tweet read as, “You are a star in the real sense..one whose light will illuminate the world through the work that you have done & the lives you have touched long after you have gone. Haters are akin to ‘dark matter’. They provide the gas & ensure the ones that provide light, remain bound.”
Tillotama was also supported by her fans. One user wrote, “You are an amazing actor. I love how you always bring out the essence of the character with your nuanced performance. I believe people who don't know how to argue usually resort to attacks on someone's appearance.” Another fan wrote, “Ya. She is beautiful and pretty even hot as well!”
“This pathetic attempt at the insult just shows one of the many ways caste intersects with class in modern India. Loved the dignity of your character in Sir! Big fan,” a Twitter user wrote. Tillotama reacted to the post and wrote, “Exactly!”
Tillotama won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) for her praiseworthy performance in Sir at the 66th Filmfare Awards. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for her role in A Death in the Gunj. The actor played Alice in Mira Nair's film, Monsoon Wedding, and was lauded her role as Deepa in Shadows of Time, directed by Florian Gallenberger. Tillotama played a nun in the Australian film, The Waiting City by Claire McCarthy.