Since she made her film debut at the age of 20 with Kirik Party, Rashmika Mandana has had to learn to live in the spotlight. An actor’s life in India is largely spent getting used to the fame and attention that comes with it. But over time, Rashmika realized that it also has its downsides. In a no-strings-attached conversation with Hindustan Times, the actor talks about how she deals with trolls and why she doesn’t mind people talking about her personal life. (Also read | Rashmika Mandanna on being ‘disapproved’: ‘As actors people are going to talk about us, they can’t expect to like only you’)
Talking about the social media negativity that comes her way more often than you’d like, Rashmika says, “At the end of the day, we’re entertainers. We make movies to entertain people. That’s the main reason why we got into the creative field. Like you said it all depends on how the audience perceives your work at the same time it’s a bit more than that because people see us everywhere, people love us for who we are that’s the beauty of our generation you make a good movie, people applaud you. When you make a not so good movie, people think: what have you done? Our life doesn’t stop at one movie. It’s a journey.”
In the past, she has spoken about how this intense scrutiny of her life and career affected her mental health. Now she says she has learned how to deal with it. Rashmika says: “It’s just part of the job. That’s all I can say. Ten years ago, this intense amount of paparazzi and social media was not there. In those days, if people wanted to see stars, they went to the theaters, not home. And now we cannot ignore this aspect because it is part of the scene nowadays. We can’t put it aside; we just have to accept it and move on.”
Rashmika had three releases in 2022 including her Bollywood debut and a huge success in Sita Ramam. In 2023, she will take it one step further with four releases in three languages: Varisu, Mission Majnu, Animal and Pushpa 2: The Rule. But if someone googles her name, chances are the top news is gossip about her personal life. Does that irritate her? “We all became actors to get noticed, so you can’t say ‘just talk about our work,'” says Rashmika, adding, “It’s people’s perspective. We are public figures. We have no control over what you think about us. We have no control over your thoughts. But at the same time, it’s the love and the curiosity you have around you that keep you going. If people weren’t curious about you, no one would talk about you. People talk because you are recognizable today.So whether it’s positive or negative, at least at the end of the day you’ve talked about me.
Rashmika has two major releases in January 2023: Varisu opposite Vijay, which hits theaters on January 12, and Mission Majnu opposite Sidharth Malhotrawhich will be released on Netflix on January 23. She also has Animal and Pushpa 2 in the pipeline.