Actress Swara Bhasker said that even though she received nasty comments online, some of which amounted to “cyber sexual harassment”, she refused to succumb to them. In a recent chat on Twitter Spaces, she explained how trolls link each of her posts to her masturbation scene in Veere Di Wedding.
Swara took to Instagram to share a snippet of her conversation on Twitter Spaces. “Social networks are a [virtual] public space like roads and restaurants are, but public decency and basic social etiquette kept offline are absent online. I can’t even post a photo of a flower without people linking it to masturbation or referring to “ungli” (finger) after Veere Di Wedding came out.
“It’s ugly and tantamount to cyberbullying sex, but I’m very determined not to succumb to online bullying or limit my online presence because of it. We cannot cede virtual public space to hatred, bigotry and intimidation, ”she added. She captioned her post, “Tell your truth. Defend your territory. “
Earlier this year, as Veere Di Wedding wrapped up three years after its release, Swara cried out at the trolls and claimed that her masturbation scene in the film provided them with a job. “3 YEARS (June 01) at the birth of an obsession – my obsession nafrati chintus with my fingers! Happy 3rd in the movie that gave birth to an economy: the two rupee per tweet job guarantee program that I apparently started for my #veerediwedding #sakshislays trolls, “she wrote on Twitter, adding that she was “grateful” to have been a part of the film.
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Swara will next be seen in a short film titled Sheer Qorma, in which she stars alongside Divya Dutta and Shabana Azmi. The same-sex love story, directed by Faraz Arif Ansari, has been screened at several film festivals around the world but has yet to be released in India.