Sabyasachi’s ad campaign for luxury mangalsutra triggers backlash

Hyderabad: Celebrity fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s latest ‘Intimate Fine Jewellery’ collection faced a huge backlash on social media after his advertisement campaign featuring heterosexual and same-sex couples wearing his royal Bengal mangalsutra went viral.

On October 27, the official Instagram handle of Sabyasachi released a series of pictures featuring models in intimate apparel wearing a ‘mangalsutra’. The mangalsutra is a traditional necklace worn by women in India after their wedding.

Twittaratis took to Twitter and criticized the Kolkata-based designer’s advertisement campaign for promoting obscenity and using “semi-naked models for a Mangalsutra ad.”

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Sabyasachi was also slammed for “demeaning” something as sacred as the mangalsutra”.

The designer however, garnered support from a section of social media.

Days ago on October 18, the right-wing ecosystem called for a boycott of Fabindia after the ethnic brand used an Urdu phrase in a campaign for the upcoming festival of Diwali. The tweet was promptly removed by Fabindia after #BoycottFabIndia started trending on Twitter furiously. 

The ‘Intimate Fine Jewellery’ collection campaign of Sabyasachi Mukherjee was not removed.

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