Is Social Media the right platform to present oneself, especially a public figure? Is it a boon or a curse? It’s a bit of both. It’s a boon because it is at a time where one can be on a direct platform with the world. You can clarify your stand or reach out to people. So it has brought people closer. It is not a curse, it was meant for a certain kind of development, but unfortunately it has been taken over by political wars. What has happened is, sensationalism has become a curse. Today anything you say is twisted, turned and blown out of proportion. When the whole intolerance debate happened, I did not tag Aamir (Khan) in any of my tweets. I said a few things which were for him, but there were another set of tweets which were totally talking about the country and us as citizens. But some part of the media used this statement with a headline that read, Raveena Slams Aamir (laughs). For god sake, he is a friend of mine. If you are my friend, we will have a good healthy debate, nobody is slamming each other. But the media made it to be a war of words, which was not the case.
Today, opinions from celebrities on certain matters tend to offend people. Do you feel, your freedom of speech is being curbed, when you are under constant scrutiny from people? I don’t think one should care. If you stand up and say you love your country and cannot see it being defamed, does that mean you are faking nationalism? Today we have reached a point where on national television we are debating whether we should respect our national anthem or not. That is basic courtesy and respect that we are taught in life. If that basic respect wouldn’t be there, there wouldn’t be soldiers standing at the border taking bullets for our flag. Things have become politically divided. Social media has lost its charm of being a place where you can actually voice your opinions, because of the fact that politics has taken over. If you say you love your country, you are supposed to be a sycophant for the ruling party and then if you say that the country is a mess, then you are a hero with the opposition party. You are going to be abused both ways. It is not necessary to have a degree from some high- fundu university just to express your views and be a concerned citizen.
Okay, so how should one present himself on social media? I feel every celebrity has a certain responsibility. We are responsible for a few things or for few people who look up to us and about how it is going to be carried forward. So, I definitely would advice caution (laughs) which I am learning to do myself now because I can see how things can be manipulated.
Have you ever reached a point where you thought ‘it’s better not to say anything’? No, but now one has to give disclaimers (laughs) like the movies are doing these days. Recently, a journalist from a reputed website, tweeted something that really hurt me. He was generally calling the whole Hindi film industry and its people a riff-raff. So I had a personal chat with him and