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I’m not comfortable talking about myself: Randeep Hooda

The actor says he is finding his way around social media. “I come from a village and I try to raise a voice from their point of view as well... I don’t know whether it makes a difference or not.”

bollywood Updated: Jun 02, 2017 16:06 IST
Randeep Hooda during the launch of MTV BIG F Season - 2 in Mumbai on March 8, 2017.
Randeep Hooda during the launch of MTV BIG F Season - 2 in Mumbai on March 8, 2017. (IANS)

Randeep Hooda wanted to keep his personal life a mystery, but feels social media ruined his plans. The actor says he still tries to lie low as he is not comfortable talking about himself in public.

There’s no big PR mechanism in place to keep him in the public eye while he works on his selective projects, which mostly take up a lot of time to finish. Also, Randeep doesn’t use social media to keep his fans updated about his personal life, but to be heard on social issues.

It all seems part of a plan to keep the “mysterious” tag. “I think social media has come in and stuffed out my plans. I was planning to be this actor about whom you would know nothing. I let the cat out of the bag but I am not comfortable with taking pictures. I am not comfortable sitting and talking about myself,” said Randeep.

“Even if you go to my social media accounts (you will see that) I am usually talking about social issues, about environment, or to do with emancipation of different things,” the actor added.

He vented on Gurgaon being renamed Gurugram, the attack on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and became the target of criticism for mocking Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur who was under troll attack for standing up to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The actor says he is finding his way around social media. “I come from a village and I try to raise a voice from their point of view as well... I don’t know whether it makes a difference or not.”

Talking about feminism, he said, “I am not a hardcore feminist. Feminist dialogue that does not include men is an empty dialogue. It has to be inclusive and can’t be exclusive... If you are always offensive, then you are alienating those people.”

Randeep also pointed out that there is “an element of commercialisation of this revolution or ideology”. “It will find its balance. People will start seeing through the fake and start going for real.”

Randeep, who co-owns Body Building India and launched Gym 99, has never shied away from taking bold roles.

Asked if the tone of Indian cinema is becoming more sexually liberal, he curtly said, “I am no expert in it.”