Arbaaz Khan has opened up about the impact of online abuse that Bollywood is often subjected to. The actor said that several artists suffered not only professional but also psychological damage due to the relentless trolling.
“It’s a difficult place to be in mentally… This is the herd mentality like something just happens in a flow, like a trend. It’s like a wave and there’s no explanation. So, when you start getting backlash for something, you have no clue and the devastation it causes along the way, you are left asking, ‘For what?’ You are like what is this bandwagon that people have jumped onto? What happened in the last one and one-and-a half years was ridiculous.”
He said that the trolling ruined a lot of people. “What were they trying to achieve and who were they trying to run down? They did ruin a lot of people. The ones who could keep their necks above the water survived but if they (trolls) could help it, they would pushed their head down and drowned them. A lot of people have suffered psychological damage and professional damage from it and it’s unfounded. We are having trials of people in media when there are courts in the country,” Arbaaz said.
On the work front, Arbaaz is back with the new season of his talk show, Pinch. The talk show gets celebs to read troll comments about themselves and give a chance to react and respond to them.