Social media being the new forum for anyone to post, publish and participate, people have more opportunities behind the screen. Be it Twitter, Facebook or a blog, an individual can have an opinion on any issue. When it comes to posting views on various topics on social networking sites, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor is very active and feels that as a public figure it is her responsibility to comment on important issues.
The actress says that everyone can have an opinion including public figure. "It is very irresponsible to be diplomatic on certain things. Just because you are an actress does not mean you can't have an opinion," said the 28-year-old.
Sonam is an active member on Twitter. "You can't be diplomatic on certain things. I will never talk ill about an actress on a personal front. But if it comes to important things, then I should have an opinion," added the actress.
The actress also makes it clear that having an opinion is not risky. "It is not risky if I have an opinion about something important. If someone is being sexist, homophobic or if the government is wrong... I will say something. If I think I have said something wrong, then I will apologise for it," she said.
Sonam feels that she should use the little bit of popularity she has in a positive way. "If I am someone who is a public figure and cannot have an opinion, the other girls will get scared. I am not as popular as other actresses, but I have a little bit of popularity and I must use that to see how girls are projected," she said.
In her recent hit film Raanjhanaa, the actress played a public figure involved in college politics, but dismissed any similarity between her and her character named Zoya. "Zoya is different from me. She is involved in the politics of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Sometimes when other public figures like politicians and spiritual gurus make some stupid remark, I react to it like other young people on a social platform. I don't think there is anything wrong in it as it encourages other young girls to come forward," she said.