Telugu actress Rashmika Mandanna had recently shared a poster of her upcoming Telugu film, Geetha Govindam, in which actor Vijay Devarakonda is seen carrying her on his back. Ever since she uploaded the poster, social media users started trolling her and lectured her for ‘doing wrong’, despite being engaged to Rakshit Shetty.
Rashmika expressed her disappointment over misogynist behaviour by the social media users. She told Deccan Chronicle, “When I uploaded this particular poster of Geetha Govindam, a bunch of people started posting mean comments. What I’ve noticed is that they create fake accounts and comment just to get a reply from me. I did reply to some of them and they apologised saying they just wanted to talk to me. They need to realise that we’re human beings too. Some of us are targeted when they see our growth as an actor and since they’re fans of other actors, they post such comments.”
Rashmika further revealed that “Male actors romance other heroines even after getting married, but people have no problem with that just because they’re men! It’s like if a woman romances a guy onscreen after marriage, she loses her respect. It’s disgusting that people think this way. I left the trollers a message asking them to DM me personally and not annoy my fans. There were many who were jealous that I was acting with Vijay and that I’m engaged to Rakshit!”
Apart from Rashmika, actress Sruthi Hariharan also revealed that she had to face a lot of misogynistic comments too. Sruthi said, “I’ve had diverse sexist experiences. I seldom go to the comments section, but when I do, it’s disheartening as people are commenting about how fake you are or saying things like ‘How can you talk about women empowerment when all you do is sleep around?’ They’re such regressive comments and most of them are from men.”
Sruthi also openly revealed about casting couch. She said, “People would say things like she’s doing it for publicity and completely overlook the fact that it exists. This comes from a space of misogyny where people cannot take a woman calling a spade a spade. They want you to surrender and go along with the system.”
Meanwhile, Rashmika and Vijay’s Geetha Govindam is all set to release on August 15, 2018.