Rashmika Mandanna recently opened up about receiving hatred and getting trolled on social media. Taking to Instagram, the actor shared a lengthy note addressing the issue and how it has 'troubled' her over the years. She added that she feels like a 'punching bag' for the trolls out there.
She began her note with, "Hi so..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."
"I know that the life I’ve chosen comes with a price – I understand that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and certainly don’t expect to be loved by every single person out there. That doesn’t mean because you don’t approve of me you 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. I’ve found that bits of things I’ve said in interviews are being turned against me. 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? For the longest time I’ve been told to ignore it. But it has only gotten worse. By addressing it, I’m not trying to win anyone over. I don’t want to feel closeted and forced to change as a human being because of this hate I keep receiving," she further added.
She concluded her note saying, "That being said, I do recognise and acknowledge all the love I’ve been receiving from the rest of you. Your constant love and support is what has kept me going and given me the courage to come out and say this. I only have love for everyone around me, the people I’ve worked with so far, all of whom I’ve always admired. I will continue to work hard and do better for you. Because like I said, making you happy - makes me happy. Be kind everyone. We’re all trying to do our best. Thankyou."
Several fans and celebrities showed their support for Rashmika in the comments section. Dulquer Salmaan wrote, "The love is from those who want to be like you. Hate is from those who never can. You be you ! You is amazing," while Hansika Motwani wrote, "Love and only love for you."
On the work front, Rashmika was last seen in Goodbye alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Neena Gupta. She has several projects lined up in her kitty including filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga's Animal, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor.