LIVE AND LET LIVE, SAYS NEIL

Ac­tor Neil Nitin Mukesh has a sug­ges­tion for Bol­ly­wood folks who are ac­tive on so­cial media: don’t im­pose your views on oth­ers, else you’ll be trolled

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Ac­tor Neil Nitin Mukesh (left), who be­came the butt of jokes on so­cial media on his birth­day last year, be­lieves that so­cial media is place “to just have fun”. The 33-year-old has an ad­vice for his col­leagues who can’t con­trol their tem­per on so­cial media.

“I be­lieve that to be on so­cial media, one has to be­lieve in the live and let live pol­icy. I mean, if you have an opin­ion about some­thing, by all means go ahead and ex­press it. But don’t try and force it on some­one else. They will not like it, and they will end up mak­ing fun of you, or abus­ing you,” he says.

How­ever, it took Neil some­time to get used to the cu­ri­ous world of so­cial media. “Few years back, there was this gen­tle­man who used to keep on abus­ing me on Twit­ter. He used to write things like, ‘you are a bad ac­tor. You should stop act­ing’ et ce­tra. I ig­nored his tweets for a month. But when he just did not stop with the tweets, I ended up ask­ing him what I had done to make him this bit­ter about me. And you will not be­lieve me when I say this. He im­me­di­ately wrote back to me, ‘Arre sir, you have made my life by re­ply­ing to me. I was only writ­ing bad things about you to get your at­ten­tion’,” says Neil, and adds, “So, now... Should I have writ­ten some nasty things to him in re­turn? You know, there are all kinds of peo­ple on Face­book and Twit­ter. And I feel that one should just let them be. You will not gain any­thing by try­ing to tell them that they are wrong or that they need to change.”

If you have an opin­ion about some­thing, by all means go ahead and ex­press it. But don’t im­pose it on oth­ers

Neil Nitin Mukesh, ac­tor

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