It all began with the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter, which began trending after PM Modi in his Sunday radio address urged people to post pictures of themselves with their daughters. Among the PM's critics was Ms Krishnan, who tweeted:
In response, 58-year-old Alok Nath described Ms Krishnan as a 'bitch' and called for her to be 'jailed.' The tweet has since been deleted but the damage was done.
Twitter was horrified. Comedian Aditi Mittal asked, as many others did, that Mr Nath not shatter the illusions so carefully constructed in Rajshri tearjerkers like Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain:
Someone shut Alok Nath up before he ruins whatever nostalgia value there was of his weepy mug doing kanyadaan all over the place.Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) June 29, 2015
What sanskaars, the uninitiated might ask. Here are five famous times that Babuji's sanskaars or traditional values were employed by Bollywood to generate revenues.
In Hum Aapke Hain Koun, he was the adarsh father-in-law, welcoming his bahu with love and gifts:
In Hum Saath Saath Hain, his sanskaars were praised for having kept a family united:
He waxed eloquent about friendship in Maine Pyar Kiya:
In Taal, he was outraged that his daughter had been photographed by a strange man; then outraged by her falling in love; then outraged by the behavior of rich people:
In Pardes, it was his sanskaars that finally allowed true love to live happily ever after: