Social media, the platform that engages, informs and entertains, comes with a caveat. It tends to be meddling. And many times, the incursions that follow are blatantly disgusting. One recent case in point has been the infinite conjecture on the secretive lives of Bollywood stars Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora-Khan. For some time now, gossip columns have been full on the “disintegrating” marriage of the two – who had been credited with preserving a flourishing liaison for a long time (despite being in public glare) – and so a sudden (alleged) plummet was instantly lapped up by social media denizens. Celebrities have always lent themselves to exceptional awareness, and we guess it’s alright to be inquisitive on them in healthy doses; but the line has to be drawn some place merely since everyone, including celebrities, have the right to be “secretive”. Both Arbaaz and Malaika had preferred to not talk about their personal life in front of an audience, so it’s extraneous whether their marriage is on the rocks or not. This is quite dissimilar the matter between two other Bollywood stars who chose to be open on their
“relationship” (or lack of it): Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut.
And then, there was the case of trolling with regard to Anushka Sharma, the Bollywood actress who broke up with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli a couple of months ago. Since Kohli’s match-winning innings against the Aussies at the ongoing T20 World Cup, there’s been an inappropriate, and very vituperative, assault on Anushka – with people going as far as to say what a great thing it is that Virat is no longer with her, since she was “disturbing” him from playing his natural game. This has led the cricketer to come out strongly in his former girlfriend’s defense, and coming down very harshly on his “fans”. “Shame on those people who have been having a go at Anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her,” he posted on Instagram. We hope these people are taking note. And feeling ashamed. As they should.
Report by: K V Raman