Actress Anushka Sharma is known about her fierce opinion and statements. Nothing stops her from saying once she makes up her mind. But interestingly she just declined to comment directly on the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur but did say that everyone is entitled to an opinion, while speaking to NDTV. “It’s a personal view, don’t want to make it public,” the 28-year-old actress said when asked what she thought of Gurmehar Kaur who allegedly received rape threats after a Facebook post against the BJP-linked student outfit ABVP. It was more like she mirrored Vidya Balan’s sentiment. Trolling is a subject Anushka Sharma has first-hand experience of. The actress has repeatedly been blamed and mocked on social media for the pitch performance of her boyfriend, cricketer Virat Kohli.
She was also asked about dissent and nationalism, on which the actress preferred not to talk about anything in particular.
“I feel everyone should have a right to their own opinion and everybody who is opposing it should say what they want to say and it should not be a problem.
That’s how I lead my life. In my world too, people have a difference in opinion, hear it and move on.” – Anushka Sharma
Actress Vidya Balan had earlier told news agency PTI , “I don’t want to say much about this. I think what we really need to do is respect people’s freedom of expression. ‘He said something she said something’, all are right in their places. But I don’t want to add anything more, everyone has the right to express what they feel.”
Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a soldier who died in 1999, after trolled and received rape threats on social media, announced yesterday that she was withdrawing from a planned march to protest against campus violence, allegedly provoked by ABVP.
She was criticized on social media for a video she made last year, where she holds up a placard that reads: ‘Pakistan did not kill my father, war killed him.’ Cricketer Virender Sehwag picked it up and made a mockery of it after she said she is not scared of ABVP. He was immediately joined by actor Randeep Hooda. Then she was trolled on social media and started getting rape threats. Sehwag and Hooda were accused of ‘bullying’ Ms Kaur. Both men have defended themselves, saying their intention was not to bully or troll.
“Sitting in front of the computer and abusing people is the easiest, it’s a weapon of the weak. If you have to say something come out and confront that takes strength. Just cap the negativity is all I want to say.” – Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma had issued a statement a few weeks ago to dismiss rumors that Virat is funding her next production, Phillauri. The film is her second production after NH10, which also stars actors Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma. Phillauri, in which Anushka plays a ghost bride, is scheduled for release on 24th of March this year.
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