Raveena feels shoots are an ‘at­manirb­har’ ex­pe­ri­ence now

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT CITY - Rad­hika Bhi­rani rad­hika.bhi­rani@hin­dus­tan­times.com

So­cial me­dia has both pros and cons, be­lieves Raveena Tan­don, who utilises it not just for some fun, but ac­tivism too. The ac­tor, who is also a mother of two kids, has strong views on the “misog­y­nis­tic” and “sex­u­ally re­pul­sive” con­tent that re­cently came into the spot­light, on an app.

The “so-called in­flu­encers” should “ei­ther be ar­rested or com­pletely banned” from us­ing these plat­forms, Tan­don avers. “Peo­ple look up to these ‘in­flu­encers’, and even if they in­flu­ence five minds out of those one mil­lion or two mil­lion fol­low­ers they have, I think the harm is done. Whether it is In­sta­gram or Twit­ter or Tik­Tok, all have the dan­ger of be­ing ex­ploited. So it is im­por­tant to ed­u­cate our chil­dren to­wards the per­ils of be­ing on so­cial me­dia,” she says, adding that it’s other­wise a “fun, harm­less” medium.

Point­ing out the pos­i­tives of so­cial me­dia, the ac­tor, 45, says she was able to drive mul­ti­ple ini­tia­tives — in­clud­ing fundrais­ers and other cam­paigns — via her pres­ence across plat­forms. Giving a peek into her shoot to raise money for the PM Cares Fund, Tan­don shares that she had to photo-check her own makeup. “Host­ing that show was a new chal­lenge, and I hope it doesn’t be­come a new nor­mal. It was a skele­tal crew of three peo­ple and the cam­eras were 30ft away, and they filmed it through a zoom lens,” she says, adding that shoot­ing in the lock­down is also “a kind of an ‘at­manirb­har’ ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Raveena Tan­don

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