Rashmika Mandanna pens note on being subjected to trolls and online negativity
The actor is part of Vijay's upcoming Varisu
Actor Rashmika Mandanna has become one of the sought after female actors of the industry. After delivering hits like Pushpa and Sita Ramam, the actor is gearing up for the release of Varisu, in which she will be co-starring alongside Vijay.
However, keeping the glitz and fame of the show business aside, Rashmika has been bearing the brunt of online trolls and abuse after she had revealed that she is yet to watch Rishab Shetty’s Kantara, which is having a successful run in theatres, according to a few reports.
In a lengthy Instagram post, addressing the trolls targeting her, Rashmika wrote, “A couple of things have been troubling me these last few days or weeks or months or maybe even years now and I think it’s time I address it. I am only speaking for myself – something I should have done years ago.
I have been on the receiving end of a lot of hate ever since I started my career. Quite literally, a punching bag for a lot of trolls and negativity out there.”
Understanding that an actor’s life comes with a price and she may not be liked by everyone, Rashmika pointed out that it does not mean someone can “spew negativity instead”.
“Only I know the kind of work I put in, day in and day out to make you all happy. The happiness you feel from the work I put out is what I care about most. I really am trying the best I can to put out things that both you and I are proud of. It’s heart breaking and frankly quite demoralising when I’m being ridiculed and mocked by the internet especially for things that I HAVE NOT SAID,” the actor wrote.
Rashmika also expressed her displeasure over things she said in interviews being turned against her. “False narratives being spread across the internet that can be very harmful to me and the relationships I have in or outside the industry. I welcome constructive criticism because that’s only going to push me to improve and do better. But what’s with the vile negativity and hate?” she questioned.
On why she chose to speak up, Rashmika wrote how she did not want to feel “closeted and forced to change as a human being because of this hate” she keeps receiving. At the same time, Rashmika also acknowledged the love she has been receiving and ended the note on a positive not of being kind and happy.
On the professional front, Rashmika will be seen in Varisu, set for Pongal 2023 release. The first single from the film, Ranjithame, was released, where the actor is seen shaking a leg with Vijay. Rashmika also has Animal in Hindi and Pushpa 2: The Rule.