Remember Ranu Mondal the overnight internet sensation? She broke the internet with her version of Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma’ on the platforms of a station in West Bengal and stole our hearts with her melodious voice.
Yes, the same person whose talents were recognised by Netizens and recently been signed by Himesh Reshammiya and has made various appearances at reality shows.
All this while, her angelic voice was the talk of the town. But recently, Twitter users have shifted their focus to her newfound ‘stardom’ and her behaviour and looks post her fame.
She was spotted at an event sporting makeup and Twitter didn’t waste a minute in critising her looks.
No make up natural beauty #ranumondal pic.twitter.com/y4JUXkCXjk— Prashant (@koi_nahi_but_i_) November 16, 2019
Bollywood verson of The Nun #RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/52NnEKOL4i— Sarcastic_boy_45🇮🇳 (@rupeshrazzpuro) November 17, 2019
If “Dil pe pathar rakh ke, munh pe makeup kr liya.” had a face #RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/GO1jP0EpPO— Aishthetic ?? (@Badassssgirlll) November 17, 2019
We fail to understand why are we prioritising the way a certain person looks over their talents? I mean Ranu went viral for talents and not for her face value, right?
Pic 1: Photo in Aadhar Card— Nikunj Raj (@rajrogue) November 17, 2019
Pic 2: Photo in Instagram and Facebook#RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/OA40fbeeSG
Girls when they forget to wash Multani mitti😇#RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/S32ZxO47BF— SYKO Engr. (@itsanse07) November 16, 2019
#RanuMandal is ready to play the role of The nun biopic ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eMnRTGYCZA— Amritesh 🇮🇳 (@amritesh_21) November 17, 2019
Series of events..#Ranumondal pic.twitter.com/4YULIDmuGP— Nadeem Gaur (@NADEEMGOUR_) November 17, 2019
she is in Halloween dress #aaaaa #RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/oceekuvMp3— ravi singh (@Ind9470) November 17, 2019
Omg! Hilarious 🤣🤣🤣#RanuMandal https://t.co/OyIlXBqrXr— Rishabh Trivedi (@Rishu_Trivedi_) November 16, 2019
Breaking News:— Baba MaChuvera (@indian_armada) November 17, 2019
#RanuMandal to replace Monalisa soon pic.twitter.com/zBGIE5lFwn
Pic 1 Real Beauty— Juhi Rajput (@Juhi_rajput98) November 17, 2019
Pic 2 Fake Beauty
It should not be troll… everyone should see her singing talent…#RanuMandal pic.twitter.com/k88Ff6pLr9
Jeewan ka Anth, hoga turant !#RanuMandal— Akash Gupta (@sky_gupta27) November 17, 2019
Why should Ranu Mandal have all the fun ? pic.twitter.com/WNGpaH0dcr
#RanuMandal— Ashutosh Sharma🇮🇳 (@ashutosh381995) November 17, 2019
All indians after seeing this🤔
So we started wondering why someone who was the internet’s favorite is all of a sudden the victim of some savage trolling.
Earlier too, Ranu was in a grocery store when she was approached by a fan who physically tapped her on the shoulder from behind because she wanted to take a selfie.
Obviously Ranu got creeped out by a random stranger touching her in a crowded grocery store and very humbly requested the female and said, “Dekhiye, aap please, don’t touch.”
And TBH, whether you’re a high flying celebrity or a regular folk, it is pretty obvious that you wouldn’t want to be touched by a random stranger at a crowded place.
But Twitter quickly started blaming Ranu’s ‘fame’ for having boundaries and reacting the way that she did.
After seeing the arrogance of this 2 month old celebrity, the respect for the likes of Rahul Dravid is increased by 2 more levels for staying grounded through his entire career and even today !!#RanuMondal— अजित जैन🇮🇳 (@ajitj1) November 5, 2019
#RanuMondal forgot her “औकात” pic.twitter.com/DzNTmTqNjn— शर्मा जी का लड़का 🙇 (@ItsSDSharma) November 5, 2019
It’s hazardous to touch #RanuMondal pic.twitter.com/wPhuRtlY4N— mahendra (@OMaddy2593) November 5, 2019
*Fan touches Ranu Mondal on shoulder and asks for selfie*— тнαкυя ѕαнαв кα вєтα👑 (@_Nawab_Dheeraj_) November 6, 2019
Himesh Reshamiya: #RanuMondal pic.twitter.com/bC5gDTmYWw
તમારો ઈગો તમારું જીવન બરબાદ કરવા માટે પૂરતો છે..!— Prakash Thakor 🇮🇳 (@prakshthakor90) November 6, 2019
One video made her a sensation , other takes her down again ! That’s the power of social media ! #RanuMondal #himeshreshammiya @mangeshkarlata @arrahman @AatifAslamFC
#ranumondal— Aditya Jaiswal (@AdityaJ16066285) November 17, 2019
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Women, whether in normal lives or in the public eye are under so much scrutiny, that any action that diverts slightly from ‘what society wants’ is immediately attacked. No second thought is given to ‘policing one’s own behaviour’ or respecting someone’s choice to not engage.
I am all for the power of social media and I do believe that Netizens had a huge role in recognising and discovering Ranu’s talents.
But social media or the people typing furiously on it ‘do not own’ anybody. And that’s an important thing we all forget from time to time.