Trauma Of The Trolled In 2020: When Karan Johar, Swara Bhaskar, Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Sona Mahapatra Braved The Social Media Onslaught

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I trolled you so! The five who were most brutally trolled in the year 2020, that the world went viral in more ways than one. Without mincing any words, the netizens went on a war of words with many celebs in this highly jinxed year. But the 5 celebs who were trolled the most and were tagged and how by every Tom, Dick and Harry are Karan Johar, Swara Bhaskar, Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Sona Mahapatra. These 5 braved the onslaught that came their way.

Karan Johar: Easily the most trolled Indian of 2020 in the whole universe, Karan made a heart-warming post when Sushant Singh Rajput died. He started his post by saying "I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year.....", this was enough to trigger off a backlash more venomous and voluminous than the COVID-19 virus from SSR's fans. For a while, some of Karan’s close friends feared he might cave in. But he survived. He may even write a book about the experience of being the most trolled human being on earth. For a while at least. No, the book is not called Karan Zehar.

Swara Bhaskar: From rape threats to being questioned about her loyalty to the country, Swara has learnt to expertly manoeuvre her way through the muck. In 2020 Swara stood her ground, refused to be daunted by the trolls. Says Swara, “Social media should have been a platform that helped us connect across geographical and time and space borders. It was and in some ways is a beautiful possibility. However, we have as a society and I mean across the world used it to sink to our lowest selves and indulge our basest instinct- anonymous bullying and harassment. I’ve always believed that there is only one way to deal with bullies- call them out! That’s how I handle social media toxicity.”

Taapsee Pannu: Another woman of substance who won’t be cowed down by the digital bullies. Taapsee remains incredibly restrained and devilishly smart in her subtle sarcasm while negotiating trolls. She tells me her secret recipe for surviving the savagery of trolling: “Most of the time I don’t allow myself to get provoked. The alarming thing is, there’s so much of the toxicity one just gets used to it and immune to. I don’t know for whom it’s more unfortunate that I’ve gotten so used to the toxicity that it doesn’t affect me any more.”

Anurag Kashyap: He fearlessly propagated his views regarding various government policies on Twitter. Many say he has been punished for it. I don’t see Kashyap being crushed by the brutal attempts to silence him. He is stubbornly out-spoken and somewhere I think he enjoys riling people and their political leanings.

Sona Mahapatra: She is one feisty lady. She has turned Twitter into her own territory of truthfulness, the patrolling and the trolling be damned. Especially when it comes to her strong unbiased opinion on sexual harassment and the MeToo offenders Ms Mahapatra isn’t to be messed around with.

Image source: Twitter/SwaraBhaskar/taapseepannu/AnuragKashyap/SonaMohapatra, Instagram/karanjohar/reallyswara/taapsee/anuragkashyap10/sonamohapatra

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