Rashmika opens up on the hate she is receiving

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9 November 2022

After admitting in a video that she couldn’t watch Kantara, the Kannada box-office smash which is casting a spell all over India, actress Rashmika Mandanna has been subjected to a lot of criticism by the trolls who accused her of overlooking her Kannada roots. Opening up on the hate she has been receiving, she said she has been a “punching bag for a lot of trolls and negativity out there”.

She wrote on her Instagram page, “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.”

She continued, “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.”

She added that “false narratives are being spread across the internet that can be very harmful to me and the relationships I have in or outside the industry”. “It's heartbreaking 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 pointed out in the long post.

At the same time, she acknowledged the love she is receiving from others. “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,” she concluded.

Rashmika, who has multiple Hindi projects in her kitty, will be next seen in Varisu, which will be released in Telugu as Varasudu later this Sankranti. She is also a part of Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa: The Rule.

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