Actress Aahana Kumra, who shot to fame courtesy of her role in the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ released in 2017, took to Instagram to pay a tribute to India’s leading wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami. The actress donned the look of the right-arm quick bowler Jhulan Goswami and shared a few pictures of her avatar on her official Instagram handle.
Dropping the photos of her look, Aahana said, “No I’m not promoting any film. This is purely a tribute to a woman I admire the most after spending time with her and learning her whole story about her journey, her hardships and her passion for the sport! @jhulangoswami fondly called jhulan di by all her teammates is loved and admired by all the members of the Indian women’s cricket team! This photo series is my tribute to her and hopefully as actresses one day we can all break stereotypes and be the best versions of ourselves by telling the greatest stories!! @jhulangoswami thank you for your story! And I wish and pray the best for you forever!”
As soon as the pictures were posted on the social media platform, the actress’ endeavour to pay a tribute to the legendary bowler garnered mixed reactions. For some, it did not go down too well because of the dark-skinned makeup that Aahana put on, while for others, her effort gathered appreciation.
One user wrote, “Why painted your face black? To shame her on fairness grounds or sheer racism?”, meanwhile, another one said, “makeup looks so unreal and weird, please tell your Director.”
However, there were fans who loved the overall look of the actress and commented saying, “Loved your spirit and the joy you exhibit in the photos. Jhulan is one of the major reasons I got interested in women’s cricket.”
Here are some of the tweets and Instagram comments:
i just cannot. when will they learn. this is atrocious. pic.twitter.com/Rz2d4OgNVR
— Agatha Srishtie 🌸 (@SrishtyRanjan) March 21, 2021
On the other hand, Jhulan Goswami herself seems to have liked the effort made by Aahana and said, “Great job keep it up!!” Goswami recently featured for India in the five-match ODI series against South Africa that concluded on March 17. The 38-year old was the leading wicket-taker with eight wickets, including a four-wicket haul, in the ODI series.
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