Things are not going too well for Geetha Govindam star Rashmika Mandanna after she allegedly broke off her engagement with Kannada actor Rakshit Shetty last week. The couple was a favourite with fans and Rashmika has been facing the brunt of their misplaced anger ever since.
Rakshitâ€™s self-proclaimed fans came out in "support" of the actor and began attacking Rashmika mercilessly for calling it quits with Rakshit, holding her solely responsible for the split. Netizens questioned her intention of being with Rakshit in the first place and asked if it was all a farce. Many even commented on her recent stardom in the Telugu industry and jumped to their own conclusions.
As the trolling continued unabated, Rashmikaâ€™s mother Suman Mandanna issued a statement in defence of her daughter and said that the decision was taken mutually because of compatibility issues.
Rakshit Shetty also broke his silence on the issue, asking his fans to stop trolling Rashmika. He posted a heartfelt note on his Twitter handle, saying that Rashmika alone was not responsible for the break-up and that both actors were now focussed on improving their respective careers.
However, Rashmika on Monday, posted a note on Twitter, making it clear that every coin has two sides, and so does every story. The actor said that she does not blame the fans as "that's what you'd believe" and added that she wasn't interested in explaining or justifying her part to anyone.
â€śSorry I've been silent for so long, but I've been watching a lot of stories, articles, comments and trolls about me, it has been disturbing me on how I was being portrayed and everything blew out of proportion and yes I definitely don't blame you guys for it, because that's what you'd believe and I am not here to justify anything or anyone,â€ť Rashmika wrote in her tweet.
The actor further wrote that she will continue to do Kannada films and that she will give her best shot, be it any language or any industry. She asked that she is allowed to work in peace and that no actor in the industry should go through anything like this.
Even before Geetha Govindam had hit the screens, Rashmika was targeted by Rakshitâ€™s fans for romancing Vijay Deverakonda in a movie poster that she had shared on Twitter. They questioned her "morals" for romancing another man in a film when she was already engaged to Rakshit in real life.
Responding to the trolls, Rashmika had written, â€śMale actors romance other heroines even after getting married, but people have no problem with that just because theyâ€™re men! Itâ€™s like if a woman romances a guy onscreen after marriage, she loses her respect. Itâ€™s disgusting that people think this way.â€ť
Rashmika Mandanna shared screen space with Rakshit Shetty in Kirik Party, which happened to be her debut film in the industry. The actor has multiple projects lined up including Devadas, which has stars Nani and Nagarjuna in lead roles. The actor will also be seen in another Vijay Deverakonda film titled Dear Comrade.