People need to stop taking things personally: Tanishaa Mukerji on online trolls

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Tanishaa Mukerji is showing her changed avatar on social media profile these days with photos flaunting her fit frame, but one such picture didn’t go down well with some social media users. The actress and soon-to-be-producer finds such comments funny as for her, trolls only reflect their “sad, depressed and negative” life.

The daughter of veteran actress Tanuja and sister of actress Kajol, suggests people to stop taking everything personally.

“I read and listen to all negative comments or say trolls on social media. I really find them funny and it makes me realize the mindset of these people. What’s the point of so much negative talk? Who has this much time or energy to do all of that? Why go online onto someone else’s account and slut-shame them or make them feel bad because you didn’t like the picture that has been put up which has nothing to do with you?

“I also believe people need to stop taking things personally as everybody is living their own lives and has nothing to do with them,” the actress told IANS in an e-mail interaction.

Defending the picture in question, Tanishaa said it was not “topless”. “In fact I am showing less than I would in a bikini.”

Tanishaa, who was seen in films like, “Sarkar”, “Sarkar Raj”, “Sssshhh…”, “Neal n Nikki”, “Tango Charlie”, “Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jao”, and more, says that for centuries women have used their bodies to make a point.

“Back then, women from Bollywood have set a couple of examples. I remember the time when Pooja Bhatt had done a photo-shoot wherein they had covered her body with paint only, and everyone had applauded her guts to do something like this or the time when Pooja Bedi’s mom walked naked on the Linking Road streets for bringing women empowerment.

“Secondly, in society there is always going to be a section which is not going to approve of women showing their independence or showing their power or strength. And that kind of society unfortunately exists everywhere you think of.

“If I feel happy that I have reached a certain level of fitness and I want to show that in my picture, why should I be trolled for it? Guys show their fit bodies all the time,” she said.

Tanishaa feels that whenever a woman tries to speak up, there are always some people who try to suppress them.

“However, with the #MeToo movement, people are now voicing their opinion, women are gaining a voice and it is upto the media to support their voice. No section which is suppressed for too long will stay down. Eventually there will be an uprising, there will be change. Change is normal, change will come and it will always be good for society,” she said.

Having said that, she also points out that women are women’s worst enemy in India.

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