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Shenaz Treasury: Most trolls are seeking attention by trying to get a response

Actor Shenaz Treasury feels that when someone responds to a troll, they give them more power. She feels fortunate that she hasn’t been subjected to extreme trolling.

bollywood Updated: Aug 11, 2017 17:14 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Shenaz Treasury,Online Trolls,Bollywood
Actor Shenaz Treasury is best remembered for her role in the 2011 film Delhi Belly.

Trolling on social media is unavoidable, especially if one is a celebrity. Actor Shenaz Treasury has a suggestion on how to handle such people: To not react or respond to those who tend to interfere in an actor’s private space. Shenaz says, “I like to use Michelle Obama’s line from the election — ‘when they go low, we go high.’ Most trolls are seeking attention by trying to get a response. So best is to ignore.”

Referring to recent incidents where actors such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Fatima Sana Shaikh and many others were trolled for what they chose to wear, Shenaz says silence is the best revenge. “A troll is only as powerful as your response to them, once you respond to them or let them instigate you, then you’ve given them power,” she adds.

However, Shenaz feels fortunate that she hasn’t been subjected to extreme trolling where people got downright nasty with her. The actor, who is quite active on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram, has over the last 10 months, emerged as a travel and lifestyle influencer. Also, she feels that whether a post gets flak or not depends on its content.

“Most of my photos and stories were about travel and food. And suddenly, lots of hotels, airlines and photographers started showing interest in my posts. The pictures I take are not regular selfies. I give people a sneak peek into culture and lifestyles and experiences from around the world. And that’s what becomes a talking point for people, so no trolling,” shares Shenaz.

The actor, who will soon be in a film, Kaalakaandi, with Saif Ali Khan, is proud of the fact that she delivers aspirational content on a daily basis that resonates with her social media family. “My followers consistently engage with my content and rely on my recommendations for making decisions about where they travel or how they spend their leisure time. There’s no space for trolls,” she quips.

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First Published: Aug 11, 2017 17:14 IST