MUMBAI: Although actress Delnaaz Irani doesn’t tend to respond to every negative comment made about her on social media, she makes sure to block accounts that try to troll her. The actress says she does it for her mental peace.
“I experienced it during my Bigg Boss days… people judged me and my ex-husband Rajiv. It got really bad. They didn’t know the real story. But my admirers on social media are different because 90 percent of people know who I am. You’ve actually seen my work over the years. They’re very nice to me, but it hurts when that 10 percent of people throw negative comments at you. I take it with a pinch of salt because these things are bound to happen. On social media, I often get comments like Moti, Kab Patli Hogi, etc. Out of 100 messages, there is one message that says something negative, so how does that matter? I just go to the person’s profile and block that person for my mental health. I don’t want to feel negative so I just block him. If someone asks me a question correctly, I give a reasonable answer. But if there are people who troll you for no reason, I just block them,” she says.
The actress admits that most of the time people don’t know what a celebrity is going through and assume their life is perfect. “Celebrities are judged by people who don’t know the mental pressures they’re going through or what’s going on in their lives right now. People just fall into their conclusions without knowing the actual story,” she says.
But she also recognizes that this is the price one pays to become famous. “You pay a high price by being famous. You can’t just say it’s your life. It’s not your life, because your life is openly out there. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself. You can lie to people, but not to yourself. People who know and love you would never say such things about you. You have to know that you can’t hide too many things. It’s very obvious that when you’re a celebrity, your life is like an open book. You have to be confident in everything you do. If you call me fat, I don’t care. Being happy in my space is all that matters to me.”
She adds that she gets comments about her relationship with boyfriend Percy Karkaria, but doesn’t elaborate too much. “Also, I don’t care what people say about my relationship with Percy because I know we’re a wonderful couple and we’ve been together for life. Celebrities try to be very private and in their shells, but is this really happening? Ultimately, because you’re a famous person, people know what you’re doing,” she says.