Will the real Uday Chopra please stand up?

‘It’s refreshing,’ says academic and podcaster Saronic Basu, this strange existentialism Uday Chopra displays on Twitter.

‘It’s refreshing,’ says academic and podcaster Saronic Basu, this strange existentialism Uday Chopra displays on Twitter.

Uday Chopra’s “comeback” to Twitter has garnered far more press than some of his film roles. The former actor-turned-YRF Entertainment aficionado had earned wider fans on the micro-blogging platform for his outspoken, self-deprecating, introspective and often hilarious persona than he did with his onscreen roles, so maybe it’s so much. not surprisingly. His Twitter return after a long hiatus has generated renewed interest.

I was a high school student when Chopra made her acting debut in Mohabbatein (2000). The detailed close-up of his bare chest at the time didn’t do much for me as I was not aware of my weirdness. But the character he played – Vikram aka Vicky, the son of a bank accountant who pretends to be the heir to a wealthy industrialist – was a mix of annoying and endearing (the latter mainly because of Chopra’s honesty).

Other films after: Dhoom Trilogy (2004, 2006, 2013), Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002), Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002), Supari (2003), Charas (2004), Neil ‘n’ Nikki (2005) and Love Impossible (2010). The characters he played in every character like Ali, Sanjay, Rohan, Aryan, Ashraf, Neel or Abhay reminded me of his first role. Chopra, I gathered, was somewhat like Sushmita Sen: She excelled at playing her version of herself.

She has also seen some glimpse of this honesty and choice in her tweets on screen; This probably attracted people who have never followed his film career and drawn others like me (who have seen at least some part of his potted repertoire) to his handle. And because his tweets emphasize, above all, a certain relativity, it’s easy to project his thoughts and feelings on Chopra.

Some of Chopra’s followers on Twitter told me this:

“Uday, the actor, was playing a character written and directed by someone else. But Twitter user Uday is tweeting what he thinks. Should we even compare the two? At a time when stars are all about ‘kids’ For many reasons, Gen Z is a simple rise to the point!”

Shubham Sharma, Student.

(If you’re unaware of the meaning of the word ‘simp’, as I was, we’re in good company. Chopra also only learned about it recently from a fan.)

“Most actors use social media to promote their films or share pictures from their vacations abroad. They rarely talk about matters of life and death that ordinary people like me care about Uday comes across as a person who is curious about the universe, and how it operates. This appeals to me because of my own background in medicine.”

Suman Vyas, Pediatrician.

“It’s refreshing, this strange unmatched existentialism [Uday displays on Twitter], epidemics and dominating our lives as the apocalyptic bearers of climate change and mad capitalism.”

– Academic and podcaster Saronic Bosu.

“I think it’s great that Uday is connecting with fans and has this undeniable opinion. In a way, he doesn’t even care about his public perception as Yash Chopra’s son, etc. Baat kar rahe hai mann. He may have always been this guy but social media is letting this side shine.”

– Sohni Chakraborty, doctoral candidate.

“As a gay guy, I would think about hooking up with Uday Chopra in real life. His inquisitive mind is asking some of the instinctive questions that resonate with our millennials. His presence on Twitter is scintillating, especially His effort to learn new things. And concepts from Gen Z.”

Tauseef, doctor.

For some of her followers, Chopra’s Twitter persona has prompted them to revisit their past perceptions of her film career.

For example, Dhruti Davy, a physiotherapy intern at DY Patil Hospital, says that she was never “a staunch fan of Uday”, although she loved watching him in the trilogy Mohabbatein and Dhoom. On Twitter, Davy was mesmerized by Chopra’s wit and his ability to laugh at himself. She thinks that her film career would have progressed if her roles had more of these aspects of her personality: “What she did had an impact on her. Those are mostly comedic roles but making someone laugh is a tough job, isn’t it? I think his abilities should have been explored more.”

Chopra often played the role of a “himbo” in his films – slang for a sexually attractive man with an attractive physique, which is also unintelligible and superficial. It is a portmanteau of the words ‘him’ and ‘bimbo’. His Twitter persona couldn’t be further from this stereotype.

Chopra’s timeline includes him acknowledging his failures and his “dad bod”, referring to solar energy and subatomic particles, recommending books and advocating vegetarianism, questioning the existence of God and free will and It has been seen to have visions about fate.

This leads writer and poet Priyanka Sacheti to speculate that Chopra, like Abhishek Bachchan, is one of those star kids who “would have been happier in an area where they were actually the opposite of that. for which they felt compelled or thought that they should”.

A few years ago, when Sancheti visited Chopra’s Twitter profile, she was shocked to see that she was inclined towards astronomy. She knows this reflects her own “prejudice to believe” that Bollywood celebrities are not intellectuals or interested in fields beyond themselves.

Two years ago, Chopra found an appreciative audience when tweets about her mental health struggle reached those who needed to know that she was not alone. Their openness highlights that celebrities – beyond the curated images and glamorous aspect that they present to the public – face challenges that we do not see.

Viewpoint: Jitendra, who works with A Queer Feminist Resource Group, says, “I think most people envy about celebrities who are extremely successful, so they have zero problems in life… [But] They also face heartbreak, loneliness, failure, anxiety, depression, and trauma. They are forced to ease their suffering and pretend to be happy.”

Chopra’s candidness about the ups and downs in her life, her candid conversation with others on Twitter, shows that “it’s really important for us to be kind; everyone is human, even famous parents.” Even from a privileged background,” says Jitendra.

The tone of Chopra’s tweet is at least as important as the content: He chats with his fans as if they were friends. For some, like writer and copy editor Sarita, it is not as revealing of her personality as it is for others. “[Uday] It was established a while ago that he is real,” says Sarita, who describes him as the coolest guy next door, and the friend one can fall in love with. What comes out is real, like us, who say what they think, sometimes make mistakes, and even admit faults. And often, we all want to connect with/closer to famous people – and Uday’s Twitter personality makes him very relatable, likable. One goes: Hey, I feel the same way. I’ll get you,” she says.

In fact, in a world where real connections are what we all want, and social media can sometimes provide deceptive, real, closeness to others, it seems Chopra has broken the code. His Wikipedia page describes him as Yash Chopra’s son, Aditya Chopra’s brother, Rani Mukerji’s brother-in-law, and a cousin of Karan Johar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Although on Twitter he is all Uday Chopra. It is a good place to be.

Chintan Girish Modi is a Mumbai based writer who tweets @chintan_connect

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