National Award-winning actor Vidya Balan is ready to be more active on social media than ever before. After signing up on Twitter and Instagram a few years ago, she will join Facebook today (October 25). She feels the Internet not only allows one to stay in touch with people, but is also a great medium to express one’s views on political and social issues. Here, Vidya talks about the power of social media, where she draws the line when it comes to technology, and more.
You are joining Facebook now. What kept you away from the platform for so long?
Finally! I was reluctant to join any social media platform, although I joined Twitter earlier. My sister (Priyamani Balan) has been goading me to join Facebook. She is active on it. People feel they are part of her kids’ lives, as they read her posts on Facebook about them. I guess that’s the power of social media. It allows you to connect with people. Interacting personally with so many people at the same time is not humanly possible. I love talking to people, whether it is at a shoot, an event or a social function. I’m already active on Instagram, as I love taking photos and sharing them. I have some experience with Twitter, and now I am also going to be on Facebook. I like the fact that I can say all I want to on Facebook, as it doesn’t have limited space for posts. Now, I will be more active on social media.
Today, smartphones and technology seem to have taken over our lives, as people are always tuned into their phones…
Technology is fabulous, as it allows us to stay in touch with not just friends and family on a daily basis, but also long-lost friends, neighbours, school and college friends, ex-colleagues, etc. But, how much you use it, is up to you. I get fed up of my phone sometimes. It’s perpetually on silent as it rings non-stop. On Sundays, I don’t respond to messages. Once Siddharth (Roy Kapur; husband) and I are at home, I don’t respond to messages. During meetings, my phone is kept face down. Otherwise, you keep looking at your phone. We have to decide what our priorities are. People get obsessed with social media, but we have to decide the extent of its usage.
Have you been trolled online?
Not yet, thankfully. I am someone who believes that if you have something nice to say, say it. But, if you don’t, then don’t be mean either. Trolls hide behind anonymity, and can cross the line. Anonymity gives people the power to say things that they can’t say otherwise. Social media is a great platform to talk about political and social issues. However, one shouldn’t get personal or attack someone.
The poster of your upcoming film, Kahaani 2, has gone viral…
It has received amazing reactions from people across all sections. My nephew and niece’s nanny received a call from her cousin, who spotted the poster and said a person who looks like me is kidnapping kids. Even my maid’s brother sent her a photo of the poster, and she felt I was being wrongly accused. So, it’s being noticed by people across the board, which is great.