Calling it “his way of social media detox”, actor Shashank Vyas not too long ago unfollowed everyone on Instagram, and shared it along with his followers by way of an Insta story. “…To my friends and family, I am ALWAYS a phone call away. And to those I unfollowed, please don’t take my action otherwise. Be kind and spread positivity,” he wrote.
Amid a lot social media toxicity and negativity brewing within the showbiz business, Vyas needed to distance himself from the pointless info accessible online. “Our brain is already occupied with the present crisis. I felt it’s time I focused on my thoughts and not on what’s happening in everyone else’s life. If necessary, I might even deactivate my account,” he tells us.
While most actors imagine that social media acts as a growth in bringing them nearer to their followers, the Balika Vadhu actors outlines its duality and feels that it has distanced individuals from one another.
Vyas, 33, requires nurturing relations in the true world, as a substitute. “The fact that we check on each other via social media nowadays does bothers me. The other day, I called some seven people that I know, and when I started talking to them, I realised their state of mind is different from their social media posts,” he says, urging everyone, “Baat karo ek dusre se, bas like karne se responsibility khatam nahi ho jaati”.
A display screen seize of Shashank Vyas’s Instagram story.
Perturbed by totally different narratives being peddled round actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, Vyas raises some pertinent factors.
“When Sonchiriya (2019) released, how many went for first day, first show? Agar bahut log jaate toh film chalti. Not to forget, when Sushant was alive, there were many negative comments against him. You’ve to understand some people are sensitive and we need to be sympathetic towards each other,” he explains.
The actor significantly expresses his anger in direction of the trolling that’s rampant on social media and he requires strict actions towards such individuals.
“My female colleagues have shown me the kind of abuses and threats they get on social media. Who gives these people the authority? It’s not easy to earn this celebrity tag that too in our profession which is filled with uncertainties. There are struggles and compromises and when you create such unpredictable pressure, it leads to many taking drastic steps. Just like we have one aadhar card, pan card, voter’s card, we should be allowed to open only one social media account. Whoever does wrong, his or her account should get suspended,” says Vyas, who actually, proposes an concept to have a “positive day” on social media similar to we have now so many particular days.
“One can fake happiness but shouldn’t say anything negative on that day,” he quips.