Sent an inappropriate message in an inebriated state? Vented your frustration in a text to a friend, only to send it to the one who caused it? Celebs tell us how they’ve been there, (shouldn’t have) done that.
Says actor Chunky Panday, “I sent a terrible message once, and I thought if I dismantled my phone immediately, the message wouldn’t go across. So I started taking it apart as fast as I could. Instead, it went 10 times, and I was sent to the gallows for it. The concerned people didn’t talk to me for two years!”
He’s not the only one. Singer Manasi Scott, too, has done it. Not once, but thrice! “I messaged someone who I wanted to avoid meeting, telling her exactly that! Fortunately, she laughed it off. Another time, I was invited to visit a city, and I mistakenly replied to that message saying ‘God I can’t go there it’s so depressing!’ The third one is too embarrassing to mention,” she says.
Undoing the damage
Actor Pooja Bedi, though, has gotten away with it. She recalls, “A jerk had hurt my cousin, so I wrote to him stating ‘You are a vindictive, petty, evil and awful human being and I’m glad we’re ridding you from our orbit!’ and I sent it to my best friend! She called me in shock and I couldn’t stop laughing for over 15 minutes.”
But how does one go about making amends? “Own up to your mistake, it’s the best option,” says Panday. Bedi agrees, adding, “Lies will lead to further lies. It’s too messy!”
Actor Nikhil Dwivedi has a different take. “I’d just pretend it never happened. Of course it’s a stupid and lousy thing to do, but it’s so embarrassing, what else can one do?” he says. Actor Rajat Barmecha offers a unique solution. “Pretend it was a prank, and you just wanted to elicit a shocked reaction from the person,” he says. “If they buy it, good for you! If they don’t, you’ll have to face the consequences.”