Twitter is negative, says Zoya Akhtar

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 16:15 IST

Today, Twitter has become a platform for a majority of Bollywood celebrities to connect with their fans. Like several others, scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, and his son, actor Farhan Akhtar, have millions of followers on the microblogging site. However, the iconic writer’s daughter, director Zoya Akhtar, is clear that she does not wish to join the bandwagon. And, she has her reasons for the same.

“I can’t be on Twitter. I don’t have the stomach to survive on it, and feel it is very negative. If there is some news, it will reach me somehow. I feel there’s a lot of energy out there, and I see my friends from the industry and the people (on Twitter) are just abusing it. You sit at home, youhave a fake name, and you just abuse people for no reason. That’s not okay. I don’t appreciate that at all,” says the film-maker.

Zoya also feels that by being on Twitter, one’s personal life gets exposed. “You are opening up your world to unwanted guests. When people appreciate you [on Twitter], you find out eventually. Recently, my film was out, and I signed into Twitter through a friend’s account, and read the comments, seeing whether they were goodor bad. There is a lot of it (opinions and comments) on Twitter. So, it’s great. But there’s nothing for me. I don’t know why I should be on it. I don’t want to share a lot of things; I would rather put it out in the form of my work,” explains Zoya.

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