A frequent target of trolls and cyber-bullying on social media platforms, producer and author Twinkle Khanna says she does not get much affected as she does not pay attention to them.
Twinkle has been trolled on social media several times. The most recent being just last month over the auction of her husband and National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar’s costume (a naval uniform) from the film Rustom.
Asked if she gets affected by social media trolling, Twinkle told IANS in an e-mail interview from Mumbai: “I don’t pay attention to trolls and that is the best way to deal with them.”
A social media user in April tweeted: “You touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose.” Twinkle responded by saying that she believes in taking legal action instead of retaliating with “violent threat” online.
Twinkle, who is also known as Mrs Funnybones, ventured into the world of Hindi cinema as an actress in 1995 with Barsaat opposite Bobby Deol. But after leaving the acting profession in 2001, she ventured into interior designing.
During her journey as an actress to a producer, she says she has seen a change in Bollywood. “The movie industry has become very organised and finally I think we are in a place where unusual, content-driven cinema is being appreciated,” said Twinkle.
The 43-year-old launched her first book titled Mrs Funnybones, which was named as one of the bestsellers in 2015 and later in 2017, she came out with her second The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. She even went on to produce a film on him titled PadMan in 2018.
Is writing a script on the anvil? “I like telling stories… This is something I used to do as a child as well. The movie PadMan was a by-product of the story about Arunachalam Muruganantham, and another of my stories Salaam Noni Appa was turned into a play. Yet, I have no particular desire to write for films. It all depends on what the best medium is for that particular story,” she said.