Actress Swara Bhasker responded to a meme that compared her and Taapsee Pannu with the table tennis player Manika Batra. The meme says that Manika is ‘more beautiful’ and ‘more talented’ than ‘woke actors’ like Swara and Taapsee. The meme reads as “More beautiful than woke actors like Taapsee or Swara Bhaskar and definitely more talented than them. One and only Manika Batra”.
Responding to the meme, Swara wrote on her Twitter handle as “Many congratulations to #ManikaBatra and every other female achiever in any field!!!” with some grinning and nerd-face emojis.
Manika Batra, ranked 62, has won against world number 32 Margaryta Pesotska, on Sunday, to reach the third round in women’s singles in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. After losing the first two games, she made a comeback to win 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 in a 57 minutes second-round match. On Monday, she will face Austria’s Sofia Polcanova for a place in the round of 16.
Earlier, speaking to Hindustan Times, Swara Bhasker has spoke about how online harassments of women has been ‘normalized’ now. She said “We deal with it and we’re almost kind of okay with it. That’s why you see Twitter timelines of a lot of people, including me, resemble those streets where men are passing comments at women. So, what happens to me when I walk down the road — chherkhani or eve-teasing — is exactly what happens to me on my Twitter timeline, too”.
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 25, 2021