Varun Dhawan: Twitter is fast becoming a platform just for debate

Feb 25, 2017, 08:30 IST | Mohar Basu

Varun Dhawan takes potshots at the social media platform Twitter despite emerging No.1 top Gen Next star in under-30 list

Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan

In 2016, Varun Dhawan topped the Most Talked About Gen Next Celebs' list as an under-30 star on Twitter's Year of Bollywood report, which was shared exclusively with mid-day. However, popularity can only do so much to shield one from trolls.

The Grammar Nazi had a field day when Varun recently tweeted the poster of his next, 'Judwaa 2', writing 'whose' instead of 'who's'. Earlier this week, he was targeted again when he mentioned that he votes 'every year' and had even exercised his franchise for the Rajya Sabha elections earlier. The Twitterati was quick to enlighten him by stating the difference between the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

When mid-day caught up with Varun during the promotions of 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' and asked him about being trolled frequently, he sarcastically remarked, "There is uproar over everything these days. Twitter is a big kitty party and I am sure a lot of people will agree with me on this. It's fast becoming a platform just for debate. If someone asks me if I can really express myself there [on the medium], I will have to say no. The judgment level is too much. People are attacking, and trolling behind masks. You don't who they are; there's no context to their existence."

mid-day's January 2 report based on exclusive data from Twitter
mid-day's January 2 report based on exclusive data from Twitter

The 29-year-old believes in keeping it real. "For starters, I handle my own account," he declares, taking responsibility for "all grammatical errors and all bad pictures" on his profile. "Thanks to the judgmental world, we are forced to put up a facade. My fans must be thinking I am always happy and having a good time. But I have my bad days too,
and want to let the world know that it's okay to cut one some slack. We are humans; we make mistakes. Perfect is irritating. I want people to know I am as flawed as them," he

Doesn't the regular trolling ruffle him? "At times, I want to scream at people and tell them, 'Damn, give me a chance, will you?' [But] As a society, we take ourselves too seriously. Everyone has to be correct and say the right things. Everyone around wants you to be smart and say only intelligent things. Anyone who doesn't make mistakes is not human. I am not a robot," he adds with irreverent candour.

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