MTV is known as the voice of youth in India. Many shows of the channel enjoy immense popularity among the young. “Roadies,” “Splitsvilla,” “Love School,” “Girls on Top,” “Big F” and many more are not only popular but also ground breaking according to youth.
Recently a new MTV show, “MTV Troll Police,” which deals with cyber bullying, has gained significant attention from audiences. Nowadays, trolling, acts where anyone can ridicule, comment, criticise or bully online without any consequences, is an important issue in the virtual world impacting a victim’s world offline too. Celebrities in particular have to face trolling as they have public pages or profiles on social media platforms. For example, Mahira Khan recently got trolled where Ranbir Kapoor replied to all the troll comments. Fatima Sana Shaikh, the lead actor from “Dangal” also got trolled recently after posting a picture wearing a swimsuit.
The “MTV Troll Police” team tries to bring the troll, or the person behind the comments, and the celebrity, face to face so the troll can understand his or her own fault. Roadies-star Rannvijay Singha is hosting the show.
In a recent interview with an Indian media outlet, when asked if social media trolls have ever affected him, Rannvijay told: “Sometimes when something is said about my brother, wife, daughter I don’t like it. Also I don’t really get trolled too much. I don’t know why.”
Talking about the show, Rannvijay said: “With the show we are making people aware about trolling and bullying.”But the actor did say he loves a meme,an image, video, or a piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations, about himself.
Celebrities like Taapsee Pannu, Zareen Khan, Hard Kaur, Anusha. Karan Patel, Mandira Bedi have already participated in the show.
“Trolling as a concept is affecting many lives and it is about time someone took an initiative to address this growing epidemic around us. I’m glad that MTV took this lead with ‘Troll Police’ and is dealing with the topic in a method which appeals to the youth,” , said Zareen, who appeared as a guest on an episode of the show.
Actress Mandira Bedi said getting trolled online feels like an assault and she has realised that Indian men are cowards. “I had enough cases of men judging me for entering their territory but it was largely face to face, so I had a chance to give it back to them,” Mandira said in a statement.
Recently popular actor Zareen Khan has stepped in to host “MTV Troll Police” in the absence of the host Rannvijay Singha. At the moment, Rannvijay is busy with “Roadies Xtreme.” The female actor will be accompanied by strong women personalities for the show. Zareen has already started shooting for the show and some of the episodes have already aired on MTV.