LEAVE CELEBRI­TIES ALONE, RE­QUESTS DIA MIRZA

Just be­cause some­one is in films doesn’t mean they can’t par­tic­i­pate in de­bates on so­cial is­sues, says the ac­tor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Celebri­ties get­ting trolled on so­cial me­dia for ex­press­ing their opin­ions on so­cial is­sues is not new, but ac­tor Dia Mirza (right) says she fails to understand the rea­son be­hind this. Ac­tors such as Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and most re­cently Aamir Khan have faced the wrath of the Twit­terati.

“We (film per­son­al­i­ties) are peo­ple, we have opin­ions, feel­ing and as­pi­ra­tions, and I think it is won­der­ful that many celebri­ties speak their mind on is­sues of na­tional rel­e­vance. Just be­cause some­one is in films, it does not mean that he or she is not an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant on so­cial is­sues,” says Mirza.

Talk­ing about her own ex­pe­ri­ence, the ac­tor, who made her Bol­ly­wood de­but with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001) says, “I’ve been trolled many times for com­ment­ing on some­thing that politi­cians have said in the past. I don’t get in­volved in pol­i­tics but if peo­ple are making ir­ra­tional so­cial com­ments that can just paint the per­cep­tion of hu­man­ity then you are go­ing to ques­tion it and I don’t hold back from ask­ing.”

From speak­ing up against an­i­mal cru­elty to work­ing for the bet­ter­ment of the un­der­priv­i­leged, Mirza has as­so­ci­ated her­self with mul­ti­ple so­cial causes.

“Your choices get mag­ni­fied a lot more if you are a celebrity, but work­ing to­wards na­tion build­ing is not a byprod­uct of fame. If I wasn’t in films, I would have still done all of this. What does hap­pen is that when you are an ac­tor or a me­dia per­son­al­ity there is a cer­tain amount of in­ter­est that you gen­er­ate and it does have pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on more peo­ple,” says Mirza.

I have been trolled many times for com­ment­ing on some­thing that politi­cians have said in the past

Dia Mirza, ac­tor

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