Priya Prakash Varrier will soon make her acting debut in Hindi films with Love Hackers, which is reportedly based on a true story. In the upcoming crime thriller, the actor plays a teenager who survives a cybercrime. In a new interview, after her first film Oru Adaar Love, Priya talked about cyber-harassment and bullying in real life. Read more: Priya Prakash Varrier criticizes the spread of her holiday vlog, says everyone is affected by weak cyber laws

Her song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the 2019 Malayalam film featured a wink and a flying kiss that made Priya a familiar face overnight. After this, a case was brought against the director of the film and Priya for hurting religious feelings. Now, for her Bollywood debut, Priya recalled how she became known as ‘wink girl’ after her film Oru Adaar Love. She said she was only 18 at the time and didn’t know ‘how to deal’ with the ‘noise around her wink’.

In a recent interview with News 18, Priya shared how she faced “trolls, memes and hate speech” after her first film. “When I started, a big blow happened. The noise around my wink was something completely out of my control or power. I didn’t even get enough time to process what was happening. By then, trolls, memes, and hate speech had already started. Initially it was a bit difficult to adapt to what was happening because as an 18 year old outsider I had no one to guide me or tell me what to do or not to do and how to deal with such a situation. When you deal with so many things so early in your career, they tend to take a toll on you and that brings a lot of self-doubt,” Priya said.

The actor added that it was “difficult” for her at first, but over time she learned to deal with “trolling and hate speech.” Priya, 22, said people treat celebs as “public property as opposed to public figures,” but it was not acceptable to say what they wanted to say about celebs. She said people “can’t cancel” stars.

“It was definitely hard for me in the beginning, but over time I got used to trolling and hate speech and learned to ignore unnecessary things. These things are part of our profession and all actors are bullied and trolled on a daily basis… People forget that we are just as human as they are. They see us as public property as opposed to public figures. As actors, we all put ourselves out a little more than the rest of the population. But you just can’t say what you want about us; you can’t hate us or cancel us,” Priya said.

Priya mainly works in Telugu and Malayalam films. After getting famous with Oru Adaar Love, she had become the most searched for personality on Google in India in 2018. Telugu Movies such as Check, which came out in 2021, and Ishq: Not a Love Story.

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