Ismail Darbar reacts to online criticism

Now, in what seems like a case of cyber-revenge (or cyber-vigilante justice, if you will), Ismail Darbar’s Wikipedia page has been re-written by online pranksters in an unflattering manner. This first came to light on Thursday, when users on Twitter gleefully started sharing the Wikipedia link.

The entry, which has been re-edited several times over the past 24 hours, is caustic, sarcastic and poorly written. It speaks about his “attitude problems” and how director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, not Darbar, had composed the music for the former’s films Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Earlier versions of the article also speak about how “his family is considering sending him to a mental asylum” and how he is trying to get publicity for his upcoming directorial debut “Romeo and Juliet” (the film is actually titled Romeo Juliet).

When asked about the Wikipedia page, Darbar laughed and said, “I don’t really care about this. I’m not technology-savvy at all; I don’t even know how to switch on a computer. Therefore, what people say about me online is of little consequence to me.” When asked if he felt hurt, he replied, “It’s a free country. Just as I have the right to criticise Rahman, the public has the right to criticise me. All I ask is that people evaluate me by the quality of my work, not by how good my PR skills are.”

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