Fardeen Khan has been missing in action (MIA) for quite a while. In fact his last release was the 2010 flop 'Dulha Mil Gaya'.
So when Twitter went into overdrive and the actor started trending it raised a few eyebrows. Then it became apparent that the twitterverse was making fun of the actor for his recent weight gain.
Fardeen Khan (centre) and his sister Laila attended the shraadh ceremony of Subrata Roy’s (left) mother in Lucknow.
Well, when we first saw this image, we too needed a second look to recognise the 'Chocolate boy' hero of 'No Entry'.
But in an age when people are taking a stand against body shaming of actresses, it seemed strange that the 42-year-old actor would be the butt of jokes for putting on some weight.
We rounded up some of tweets that targetted Fardeen. You take a call if they are funny or insensitive.
Here are some of the netizens' tweets:
Fardeen Khan went from being Instagram to Instakilogram.— Tanushka. (@TanooshkaM) May 20, 2016
People called him Fardeen Khan but what he heard was Fardeen Khaa pic.twitter.com/7qCGhS03Fw— MINION© (@TheOmarrization) May 20, 2016
Wtf happened here?! Had a huge crush on Fardeen Khan back in college. https://t.co/5WmX4jQBN1— sybarcriminal (@not_my_name) May 20, 2016
Biopic on Ramesh Powar. Fardeen Khan to play lead ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ pic.twitter.com/zZn0ql3fAw— Sense of tumor (@dashhtweets) May 20, 2016
Fardeen Khan : Chocolate boy to rosugulla boi. pic.twitter.com/6XJ4N81NoZ— SUPERaMAN (@amanranchan) May 20, 2016
Anant Ambani's loss is Fardeen Khan's gain. pic.twitter.com/N6zT9Z8Ctu— HHBBC (@BabaBakChod) May 20, 2016
Pic 1: Fardeen Khan.— Ashesh (@ashesh_dxb) May 20, 2016
Pic 2: Fardeen Khan in Gold. pic.twitter.com/H0fwQhmarU
There some, though, who spoke up for Fardeen and highlighted the fact that body shaming, irrespective of gender, wasn't cool. They also spoke of how body shaming a celeb has repercussions on ordinary folks.
We don't body shame women post pregnancy, then why body shame Fardeen Khan. His life his pizza. So be it.— The Silent Indian (@Mute_Indian) May 20, 2016
Monday: Body shaming isn’t cool.— Shit Indians Tweet (@AllIndianTweets) May 20, 2016
Friday: HEHE Fardeen Khan mota ho gaya. Chee mote.
Why is everyone body shaming Fardeen Khan now? He put on weight. Big deal. Get over it.— NRK (@PWNeha) May 20, 2016
While you are mocking a celeb's weight gain, an overweight person out there is reading it, becoming more embarrassed to step out of home.— NRK (@PWNeha) May 20, 2016