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Swara Bhasker on trolls: My Twitter timeline resembles streets where men pass comments at women

Actor Swara Bhasker says that she makes it a point to hit back at trolls on social media because that is the best way to teach them a lesson.

bollywood Updated: Jan 17, 2018 18:26 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Actor Swara Bhasker will be seen in the film Veere Di Wedding, alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor.
Actor Swara Bhasker will be seen in the film Veere Di Wedding, alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor.

In today’s time, where social media has become an integral part of an actor’s life, getting trolled and body shamed happen to be an everyday affair. Acknowledging the perils of technology, actor Swara Bhasker, who has been part of critically acclaimed films such as Nil Battey Sannata (2016) and Anaarkali of Aarah (2017), points that it will always have some side effects.

Not one to mince her words or try to be politically correct to protect her celebrity image, Swara says, “You can either use technology [for good] or misuse it, and like anything else, technology is also going to reflect the mindset of the society. Sadly, we have a society where harassment of women is actually normalised, where we know that it’s there though it’s not accepted. We deal with it and we’re almost kind of okay with it.”

Comparing the scenario in real life to that in the virtual world, she adds, “That’s why you see Twitter timelines of a lot of people, including me, resemble those streets where men are passing comments at women. So, what happens to me when I walk down the road — chherkhani or eve teasing — is exactly what happens to me on my Twitter timeline, too.”

In the past, whenever Swara has been subjected to mean comments on social media, she has made it a point to hit back and put her point forth. On why she never gives in to trolls, the actor explains, “For me, the way I react on the street by taking a stand and protesting or answering back and not ignoring, the same thing I do on Twitter. I always react because I think you must.”

She adds that it’s time these trolls are put in their place. “I purposely re-tweet or share Facebook posts, where it shows you what you’re responding to, and that also comes on screen. That’s the best ever. So, now I respond to trolls by troll shaming them,” quips Swara, who would be seen next in Veere Di Wedding, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor.

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First Published: Jan 17, 2018 18:26 IST