‘IT’S SPINE­LESS TO NOT SPEAK OUT’

Ac­tor Ran­deep Hooda says why he won’t pull his punches on so­cial media

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

In to­day’s world, it is bet­ter to have an opin­ion than to be spine­less RANDEEPHOODA, AC­TOR

Be it sup­port­ing crick­eter Viren­der Se­hwag in mak­ing fun of the Gurme­har Kaur plac­ard video or ap­peal­ing to Jats to tone down their protests, ac­tor Ran­deep Hooda (above) is forth­right about ex­press­ing his views through so­cial media. No mat­ter what the re­ac­tions, he isn’t in­ter­ested in minc­ing words in or­der to pro­tect his celebrity im­age.

“In to­day’s world, it is bet­ter to have an opin­ion than to be spine­less,” says Hooda, speak­ing to us on a visit to Delhi. “I feel that peo­ple get on so­cial media to be of­fended, which is not the case with me. I get there to high­light is­sues. I think there’s a lot of good in the world, too, and my gen­eral ef­fort is to high­light that.”

The 40-year-old ac­tor feels that opin­ions are sub­ject to change and what­ever is said or done on so­cial media should not be seen as the fi­nal word.

“Opin­ions change — it’s only when you have a dia­logue when they change. What­ever you write or put out is not patthar ki la­keer. You might feel a cer­tain way in the heat of the mo­ment, but that may not de­fine your en­tire view,” says the ac­tor, who has done some hard-hit­ting films, such as Sar­b­jit (2016), Rang Rasiya (2014) and High­way (2014).

Hooda feels that e-de­bat­ing has its pros and cons. He says, “When you’re so ac­tive in con­vers­ing on that plat­form, some­times your thoughts are mis­con­strued, but I think that’s the part of the game, and I per­son­ally feel [so­cial media] is a great plat­form for dis­cussing ideas. You get feed­back, ev­ery­one has a voice... it’s very demo­cratic.

He jokes, “Opin­ions and armpits... ev­ery­one has them. Not ev­ery­one’s is im­por­tant but ev­ery­one has the right to it.”

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