Actor Swara Bhasker, who was recently seen in the film Jahaan Chaar Yaar, has developed a way of dealing with online abuse. The actor is known to speak her mind when it comes to not just matters related to the film industry but also wider socio-political issues. The actor said that she has learned to cope with trolling, and made an analogy about survivors of domestic abuse.
She told Connect FM Canada, “I am often a wreck inside but you learn to cope with it, which is not a good thing. I will give you a very bad example and no one should be okay with it, but if there is a woman who is facing domestic violence and it continues and she cannot change her situation for whatever reason, she will build coping strategies. She will know that ‘now I will get hit’ and it’s a very complicated space where a victim learns to cope with the violence and deal with it . So, I feel a similar thing has happened with me. Mentally with the trolling thing and abuses.”
The actor added, “Sometimes I can see a tweet and have an intuition that something is about to happen and I know that this has started and it has a 24 hour cycle. So, even I have understood the wave of the ‘Twitter controversy’.”
The actor, who hails from New Delhi, said that she knows who is targetting her and why. She continued, “The trolling that I receive is very agenda driven. It is people of a particular political ideology who troll me and why they do it, I know that as well.”
She said that therapy helps. “Now that I have entered this ideological fight on my own with a lot of energy, how can I leave it now? I chose a side. So, now it’s part and parcel of that act . I don’t read comments and as a result I miss many messages. I hardly open my DMs. That’s one thing, and of course, there is therapy. I have really benefitted from being in therapy and just having a regular conversation with my therapist about about all issues, that sometimes includes this as well.”