Actor Tillotama Shome spoke up about her experiences with mean comments. And how social media users behind their computer screens can comment things that might hurt others deeply.
In film industry trolls are not a new thing, and often actors and actresses’ don’t grace them with a reply. But Tillotama decided to call out her troll, who commented that she is a ‘flop actress’ who looks like a ‘maid’.
Tillotama in conversation with Hindustan Times said, “So, I rarely get nasty remarks, at least I’ve not seen them. This one I had to respond to, not for the ‘flop actress’ bit, but for the ‘looks like a maid’ comment,” she also explained the reason behind her reply she added, “I felt this person gave me an opportunity to dialogue about our deep rooted biases around beauty, class and caste and its ugly intersections that gives birth to such casual utterances of hate and frankly stupidity.”
She went on and said she doesn’t usually take critiques to heart and moves on pretty quickly from mean comments about her acting skills, but the comment from the troll was a good opportunity for her to speak about the deep rooted false beauty standards, ““ as an actor and actually I don’t care. But about this I care. This was meant to be an insult, so it was easier to respond to,” says ‘The Sir’ actress.
Tillotama ventured in the territory of compliments, “Some compliments have been trickier. For example, ‘You played Ratna (her character in the film Sir) so well, that now I’ve the hots for my maid’ This requires a face to face for me to unpack, because its implications are too insidious and a response on social media would just not be enough,” says Best Actress award at South Asian Film Festival for her performance in the film Raahgir.
Trolls may try to hide behind their computers and shame her but she has always shone in her work.
Tillotama shared her feelings when she receives praises for her acting skills and awards, she said, ““I’m honestly very grateful to the jury but the news of winning an award feels like a movie within a movie. A bit removed from the reality of one’s life but yet grateful. Any win is a win for the whole team, no matter what the optics are. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort.”