Rashmika Mandanna has come under fire since she said she hadn’t seen the popular Kannada movie Kantara, and Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep has responded. According to him, getting all the garlands and stones is essential to a celebrity’s life.
Rashmika had previously stated to the media in November that the actress did not have the time to watch Rishab Shetty’s Kantara when questioned about it. Her debut film, Kirik Party, was directed by Rishab, but some people attacked her, saying she had forgotten her roots.
Sudeep responded in a new interview with IndiaGlitz Telugu when asked if her statement was exaggerated, “It is what it is. How can you change the world? If you go 15-20 years back, news channels were interviewing us, which was pretty new then.”
Further, he stated, “So, how can you say they were better because now suddenly media is there? It’s wrong (to say that) because of media news, everything is going wrong. We should learn to handle it, and we should always move on. And once you’re a public figure, there will always be garlands; there will always be eggs, tomatoes and stones also coming at you.”
Rashmika hasn’t directly addressed the criticism, but shortly after the drama, she posted a lengthy article on Instagram about how to deal with hostility. “A couple of things have been troubling me these last few days, weeks, months, or maybe even years, and I think it’s time to address it. I am only speaking for myself – something I should have done years ago,” she stated.
She added, “I have been receiving a lot of hate since I started my career. Quite literally a punching bag for many trolls and negativity out there. I know that the life I’ve chosen comes with a price– I understand that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and certainly don’t expect to be loved by everyone. That doesn’t mean because you disapprove of me. You can spew negativity instead. It’s heartbreaking and frankly quite demoralising when I’m being ridiculed and mocked by the internet, especially for things I HAVE NOT SAID. I’ve found that some things I’ve said in interviews are being turned against me. False narratives spreading across the internet can harm me and my relationships in or outside the industry. I only love everyone around me, the people I’ve worked with so far, all of whom I’ve always admired. I will continue to work hard and do better for you. Because, like I said, making you happy -makes me happy.”