Actor Jay Bhanushali recently took to Twitter to slam celebrities who clicked pictures and made videos of themselves while donating essential goods to the needy amid the coronavirus lockdown. Calling it a publicity stunt, on Tuesday, Jay tweeted: "Sorry to say but distributing food to needy has become a PR stunt for lot of so-called actors..if you really want dua/blessing from them or God pls leave you phones home..could see ppl not being comfortable with cameras around. #COVIDIDIOT #lockdowneffect #HumanityFirst (sic)."
"If you really want to spread the message of helping poor click pics just with the stuff you are going to donate.pls don't click the pics and make videos with people..sad very sad disappointed at this time ppl want to gain publicity #COVIDIDIOT #lockdowneffect," he said in another tweet.
Coincidentally, on the same day, Bigg Boss 13 contestants Paras Chhabra and Mahira Sharma shared a video of themselves on Instagram, donating essentials. "So finally we both decided to help and distributing essential food packages to the underprivileged with the guidelines issued by WHO- wearing a mask and practicing social distancing @officialmahirasharma," Paras captioned the video.
Jay Bhanushali's tweets didn't go well with fans of Paras and Mahira, who interpreted them as a direct attack on the Bigg Boss 13 contestants. He was trolled brutally. They also circulated an old video of Jay, wherein he can be seen doing seva in a local gurudwara. In reply to trolls, Jay said that he was working as a volunteer there.
Jay's wife Mahhi Vij came to his rescue. She lambasted trolls saying, "Losers we didn't know wt Paras was doing so shut your mouth bdw thank u for telling us."
Later, in a long post on Twitter, Paras clarified that donating basic essentials was a gesture of care. He said that wants to influence his fans to do the same.