Mumbai, June 23: Hitting out at online abusive trolls, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma said that it is one thing to be trolled for something I did, but to be abused for something I had no association with is hurtful. The actress received abusive social media messages over her reported on-off relationship with Indian Test cricket captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli had pleaded with Internet users to stop attacking Sharma in a passionate appeal on Instagram earlier this year, saying it was shameful to blame her for his performances. Ahead of the release of blockbuster Sultan, in which Sharma plays a female wrestler, she pointed that it had been difficult coming to terms with the online abuse.
"I have been trolled more than many of my peers. At the beginning I didn't know how to react but now I don't care," Anushka said. Sharma, whose film credits include hit science fiction comedy "PK", received negative comments on Twitter last year after she travelled to Australia to watch Kohli in the cricket World Cup.
She was pictured sitting in the stands as Kohli made just one run during India's semi-final defeat to Australia in Sydney, with some Twitter users suggesting it was her fault.
"I think it's misogynistic, powerless men who have no other way to put you down, whose egos are hurt because you are a successful working woman with your own money and independence," Sharma further said.