Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, a vocal right-wing supporter, claimed that the ad glorified “love jihad and sexism.”

In a statement on Oct. 13, Tanishq said, “We are deeply saddened with the inadvertent stirring of emotions and withdraw this film keeping in mind the hurt sentiments and well being of our employees, partners, and store staff.”

Experts believe this was a sensible response to the growing outrage.

“Brands love to err on the right side of things. When Tanishq got trolled, there were possibly just two ways to go about it. One would be idealism and the other could be pragmatism. Tanishq took the latter,” said Harish Bijoor, branding expert and founder of the eponymous market research firm Harish Bijoor Consults.


In March 2019, consumer goods major Hindustan Unilever drew social media ire for “defaming Hinduism” for a commercial around Kumbh Mela.

The company came under fire again in September last year when it irked people over an old commercial, which some believed promoted Islamophobia.

The ad showed a Hindu man being hesitant in buying an idol of the Hindu god Ganesha from a Muslim seller.


In May 2019, the e-commerce giant faced allegations of hurting Hindu sentiments and was forced to remove certain products, which had images of Hindu gods.


In August last year, right-wing supporters called for the boycott of food delivery firm Zomato when a customer requested the app to change the executive assigned to bring his food because he was a Muslim.

Zomato’s CEO and founder Deepinder Goyal battled social media trolling by saying that his company, as well as food, did not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, and religion. But his logic fell on deaf ears.


In 2015, Hindu right-wing supporters attacked e-commerce firm Snapdeal after its then brand ambassador and Bollywood actor Amir Khan called out the growing religious intolerance in the country.

His comments were seen as an insult to the Narendra Modi government, which led the prime minister’s supporters to even downgraded Snapdeal’s app rating on Google Play Store.


In 2017, hairstylist Jawed Habib got caught in the controversy for his brand’s “Gods too visit JH salon” campaign.

A print advertisement for JH hair salon depicting Hindu Goddess Durga having a spa day has offended many right-wing Hindus.

The opposition forced the stylist to issue an apology saying that he had only one religion, which is that of the scissors.

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