From being fat shamed to being targeted for her fashion choices, Sara Ali Khan has often been subjected to trolls on social media. But never before did the trolls affect her.
Things, however, changed after the trailer of her upcoming film Love Aaj Kal released. In one of the scenes of the trailer, Sara is seen telling Kartik, "Tum mujhe tang karne lage ho."
Many memes were made on this scene and Sara was criticised for her performance in this particular shot. In a recent interview with Film Companion, the Simmba actress opened up on dealing with trolls and how it all affected her. Love Aaj Kal also stars Kartik Aaryan in a lead role and is directed by Imtiaz Ali.
She said, "I don't mind being trolled for being fat. I don't mind if you troll me for wearing a cap. But I am here to act. That is my job. That is my profession. That is serious. So, when I am trolled for that, suddenly, with all the confidence still intact, it is harder for me to sit there and say ignore the trolls. For the first time, it actually kind of hurts. It hit me."
Explaining the process of shooting, Sara said, "We were not allowed to see the monitor. So, I had no idea what it was looking like. I've spoken to Imtiaz sir about this and what's also happened is the fact that I don't look good in that. When it comes to trolling for overacting, I'll be honest with you...not only was I acutely aware of what my character had to feel but Imtiaz sir made me feel exactly what Zoe had to feel at in that point of time.
That was not a ham shot on our part. I was really crying. I felt like how Zoe would have been feeling at that moment in time. I did what came to me organically at that point in time," she added.
Talking about the standards that a heroine has to maintain in the film industry, Sara said, "It is not a pretty shot. It is the archetype of the heroine ki rote waqt, marte waqt, khate waqt...kuch bhi karo aapko acha lagna chahiye."
Concluding, she said, "There is only learning to go from here."