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Why no garu? Mahesh Babu fans launch verbal assault on Sobhita Dhulipala for ‘thanking’ him; details inside

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South superstar Mahesh Babu rang in his 43rd birthday yesterday. The actor has earned a massive fan base with his movies. Social media is not an infant to fan wars where a celebrity’s followers have slammed another from the industry for the most mundane reasons.

Recently, actress Sobhita Dhulipala who shot to fame with films like ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ and ‘Kaalakaandi’, was the latest target on Twitter. The actress made her Telugu film debut with the recent release ‘Goodachari; which was lauded by Mahesh on Twitter. Sobhita replied to the post with a ‘Thank You,’ which stirred up a massive uproar.

The actress had to face a barrage of negative comments for a mere, ‘Thank you’. Fans of Mahesh Babu were furious with her reply, as it was not followed by words like ‘sir’, ‘garu’ which is equivalent to ‘Ji’ in Hindi, or ‘superstar.’


She was mocked as some users called her a ‘small artist’, and saying that she wasn’t fit to be even character artiste beside him and to show ‘bloody respect’ to the’ big star.’ Sobhita didn’t expect the simple ‘Thank You’ to get such extreme messages and told Pinkvilla, “I was confused that a ‘Thank you!’ was seen as disrespectful purely because I hadn’t attached salutations like Sir/superstar/The great etc. Of course I have immense respect for him and find it rather saddening that social media is not a place of safety. Anonymity shouldn’t be misused.”

Sobhita has earlier been a victim of online hatred for ‘revealing’ outfits, nepotism or even random pictures or videos. But this time she faced flak for a rather unexpected outcome.