‘When you’re told peo­ple want to rape you, it’s fright­en­ing’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ak­shay Kaushal ■ ak­shay.kaushal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Dia Mirza, who was in Delhi to walk for de­signer Anju Modi at the In­dia Couture Week 2017, has not just a lovely face but also a strong mind. And that is some­thing Twit­ter trolls couldn’t di­gest. In this era of non-stop trolling, Dia re­calls how, in her early days in Bol­ly­wood, she was tar­geted for ex­press­ing her opin­ion on var­i­ous is­sues. In re­cent times, Dia’s tweets have ad­vo­cated wa­ter con­ser­va­tion on Holi and a noise-free Di­wali.

“In the ear­lier days, when I did get trolled, it fright­ened me. Be­cause when you’re told that peo­ple want to throw acid on you, or they want to rape you, or kill you, or call you anti-na­tional be­cause of some­thing that you’ve said... and they ask you to move to an­other coun­try... and it’s all new to you, then it re­ally alarms you,” she says.

The 35-year-old ac­tor was trolled when she had tweeted and urged her fans to play a dry Holi. She had writ­ten: “The irony of the times we live in: farm­ers com­mit sui­cide due to drought and peo­ple waste wa­ter to ‘play’ #Holi. Go ahead call me an­tiHindu.” The trolls were quick to tag her as anti­na­tional. Dia was also called in­tol­er­ant when she had tweeted about want­ing a cracker-free Di­wali.

Now Dia takes such crude re­ac­tions in her stride. “When you ex­press your opin­ion on some­thing that deeply mat­ters to you, it doesn’t mat­ter how peo­ple con­strue it. Those who are face­less, who make it their business to ha­rass peo­ple, [don’t] need to be taken se­ri­ously,” says Dia, who will be seen in the San­jay Dutt biopic; she plays the role of Maany­ata, Dutt’s wife.

I’ve been in the pub­lic sphere long enough now to un­der­stand that we need to be like ducks and let this [trolling] be like wa­ter slid­ing off our backs DIA MIRZA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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