The arrest of actor Rhea Chakraborty in connection with a drugs-related probe linked to the death of actor and her then boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput not only shed light on the extremely toxic behaviour of Indian netizens but also exposed the vicious hate campaign by several mainstream media outlets against her.
Having spent 28 days in Byculla jail in 2020 for allegedly procuring drugs for Sushant, Rhea was later granted bail and is currently in the process of rebuilding her life step by step.
However, following the entire episode, Rhea has so far received only one film opportunity — Rumi Jaffery’s mystery thriller Chehre, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles. Meanwhile, she recently opened up about this scenario and answered a question regarding whether the industry was scared of hiring her.
“I feel there is still a sense of fear on that front, but I’m hoping it normalises soon. A lot of it has calmed down, and honestly, the power of trolls is gone,” she said during a chat with Mid-Day.
“Life has come a long way. This year has been normal for me after three years. It’s very important for me to feel normal. I love the fact that I can be out and about, doing regular things,” the 31-year-old actor added.
Following her release from prison, Rhea also hosted the 20th season of the reality show MTV Roadies, titled Roadies: Karm Ya Kaand.
Recalling how she managed to navigate the intense storm, Rhea said, “In the first few months, I was thrown into a storm, and it was a spectacle after that. But honestly, grief is something that lingers. It doesn’t go away. Your grief stays and your life grows around it. Healing is about facing our own emotions and the pain that comes with it. In therapy, I realised how to stop letting it take over my life.”
Mentioning that she is still one of the most trolled people online, Rhea added: “Are we aware enough? No. Tier-2 and 3 cities, and villages have a long way to go as far as [awareness around] mental health is concerned. Mental health is the real pandemic that we realised during the pandemic. It was sitting right there amidst all of us and we just brushed it under the carpet. I hate it when people say, ‘Pagal ho kya? Don’t waste money on doctors.’ Our parents and their parents didn’t have the awareness; they called it a rough patch. But one needs support and kindness through it.”