Bhumi Pednekar: Trolls love to draw circles around an actor’s body parts and zoom into it – Actor Bhumi Pednekar feels that while social media often gets trivialised because of trolls, there have been instances when people used it to initiate a constructive conversation.
Actor Bhumi Pednekar made her acting debut in Bollywood just three years back. But she has seen it all. From putting on 27 kgs for her character in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) to having two back-to-back box office success stories with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bhumi is at the top of her game.
Though Bhumi has rarely given a chance to anyone to point a finger at her body of work, she has been subjected to trolls on social media quite a few times. She shares that while social media, on one hand, has given people a platform to express, one can’t control the trolling that happens.
“There are two ways to look at it [social media and trolls] and one can choose what works for them,” says Bhumi, whose ‘before and after’ weight loss photos have often been made fun of. She says, “The good part about it is that people are talking about different things and starting a lot of constructive conversations,” shares Bhumi.
But about the flip side of it, she says, “There are so many people who have so much free time that they would rather love to draw circles around different body parts of actors and zoom into them.”
She adds that as long as one is using it for their own benefit, it’s all okay. “Thankfully, for the longest time, I wasn’t subjected to harsh trolling yet because maybe I had done only one film and it was such a character and a film that protected me and really sheltered me, and people didn’t have much to say to put me down.”
Asked what if she faces such incidents now? Bhumi says, “Honestly, I don’t read through negative comments. Even on twitter, I just skip through everything and I only use it to see what’s happening in the world and share my opinion about it. I don’t really see what others are saying about me in particular.”