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Use social media judiciously, Nandita Das

Nandita Das

Bengaluru: Actress, director and social activist Nandita Das says social media is a great emerging platform that must be used judiciously instead of indulging in advocacy.

“…I think we have to fight our battles and not just scream and shout about everything,” the actress, who recently was the target of attack by the twitteratti over her alleged comment that “all men are potential rapists”, said.

As the twitteratti slammed her, she then took to Twitter to say she has been misquoted.

“The social media is doing a lot of advocacy thing. They are doing petitions and actually stopping – I mean this whole net neutrality thing is done through social media,” she told PTI in an interview.

“I don’t want to vilify social media because I think it is a great emerging platform and it must be used judiciously. I think we have to fight our battles and not just scream and shout about everything,” she said.

Das was in Bengaluru to attend a jewellery preview organised by Forevermark and Apranje Jewellers.

Also commenting on social media criticising cricketer Virat Kohli’s girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushkha Sharma for Indian team’s exit from the recent cricket World Cup, she said people make non-controversial issues as controversial.

“I just feel that we have made non-controversial issue, controversial. You know, we have to be able to choose our battles. What do we want to engage with – time is precious,” the 45-year-old actress said.

“Social media is a neutral platform – you can do very good with it and you can just while away your time,” she said.

Asked whether she gets Bollywood offers, she said she does but they are not her cup of tea. “I am getting Bollywood offers but it is not my cup of tea. Yes I get enough scripts but I am not interested in.”

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