Bear Grylls Deletes "Bollywood Superstar Rajinikanth" Tweet After Outcry
Megastar Rajinikanth will soon make an appearance on adventurer Bear Grylls' survival show 'Man vs Wild' - becoming the second Indian to be featured on it after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The survival instructor and former military man took to Twitter to announce the much-anticipated appearance, but Bear Grylls' post left many annoyed for the way he described Rajinikanth.
"After our episode with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India helped create a bit of TV history, (3.6 billion impressions), Bollywood superstar Rajinikanth joins me next," wrote Bear Grylls in a tweet that was soon deleted as many objected to Rajinikanth being referred to as a Bollywood star.
Rajinikanth, 69, is widely regarded as one of the most popular actors in South India. Known as Thalaivaa (leader) to his fans, he has appeared in more than 160 films, predominantly in Tamil cinema.
Screenshots floating on the microblogging website show Bear Grylls' original tweet. A number of Twitter users pointed out that a more accurate term of address for Rajinikanth would be "Kollywood superstar".