Designers Rimzim Dadu and Anand Bhushan have announced that they would not be working with actress Kangana Ranaut again. The duo, who reached the decision following Kangana’s account suspension from Twitter, said that they would remove all images of the Manikarnika actress from their social media pages.
“Never too late to do the right thing! We are removing all posts of past collaborations with Kangana Ranaut from our social channels and pledge not to engage in any future association with her,” wrote Rimzim on Instagram.
Anand too took to his official Instagram account and expressed that his brand does not wish to be associated with the actress. He shared a note which read, “In view of certain events today, we have taken a decision to remove all collaboration images with Kangana Ranaut from our social media channels. We also pledge never to be associated with her in any capacity in the future. We as a brand do not support hate speech.”
Swara Bhasker applauded their move. Taking to Twitter, she said, "Pleasantly surprised to see this! Kudos to you @AnandBhushan & #RimzimDadu for calling out hate speech and incitement to genocide in a direct manner! Stand tall you guys!"
Kangana’s account was suspended after she violated Twitter guidelines while posting about the reported violence in Bengal post the assembly elections results. Twitter has permanently suspended her account for repeated violations of rules, specifically its “Hateful Conduct and Abusive Behaviour policy”, the microblogging site said in a statement on Tuesday. According to Twitter’s Abusive Behaviour policy, “one may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so or attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice”.
Kangana, in her reaction to the ban, said that the platform has proved her point that 'they are Americans and by birth, a white person feels entitled to enslave a brown person, they want to tell you what to think, speak or do'. She added that she has many platforms to raise her voice and her heart goes out to those 'who have been tortured, enslaved and censored for thousands of years and still their is no end to the suffering.
Meanwhile, Kangana's sister Rangoli Chandel has said that she will sue Anand Bhushan. Rangoli shared a note on her Instagram Stories that said, "This person Anand Bhushan is trying to get mileage on Kangana's name we are not associated with him in anyway we don't even know him, many influential handles are, tagging him and dragging Kangana's name with his brand, Kangana charges crores for any brand endorsements but editorial shoots are not brand endorsements, neither we choose or select those clothes, magazine editors pick those ensemble looks."