EXCLUSIVE: Farhan Akhtar on trolls attacking him and his family: It’s criticism wrapped in abuse and bigotry

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Multi-talented Farhan Akhtar recently delivered an incredible performance in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofan. The film not only spoke about the sport, but also several social prejudices attached with life. From talking about Hindu-Muslim divide to body image issues, the sports drama subtly highlighted several important issues.

And Farhan too has been a silent victim of such divide on social media. While bigotry and religious intolerance has taken over a section of the masses, Farhan faces massive trolling online for his surname. Needless to say, it doesn’t affect the actor, till it reaches the point where his family is viciously attacked online. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble, Farhan revealed if the trolls affect him at all.

Social media is a boon and bane and there’s no doubt about it. Off late, we have seen the rise of vicious trolling and how trolls attack actor’s personality rather than criticizing their craft or work. So does these trolls affect Farhan and when they attack his family, does that affect him more? “I don’t think anybody would be happy with their family being attacked on any kind of platform for any reason. At the end of the day if you have any issues with me, right or wrong, the issue should end with me. I don’t feel it has to pass on to anybody else. I am here for you to be able to talk to. Also, I do feel that if there is any criticism that has to come your way, when it comes wrapped up in any kind of abuse, bigotry or prejudice, how can you take that seriously?”

You can watch our entire conversation with Farhan Akhtar below:

The Toofan actor went on to add, “At the end of the day, a person revealing how hateful they are, it shows me how ugly they are. It tells me very little about me but a lot about them. If you want to have a conversation about something and discuss it and even may be change my mind about something, I am more than happy for my thoughts to get changed if its a respectable conversation. There’s a classic saying that, ‘Never wrestle with a pig because you will get dirty but the pig loves it'(laughs) So that’s what it is.”

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