The definition of the word troll is: A person who makes a deliberate offensive or provocative post online.
Bollywood celebrities are ‘trolled’ pretty often – be it for something they wore or a comment.
This is what Tapsee Pannu was written online when she wore a bikini –
“In our country, we have freedom of expression, so why don’t you remove the remaining clothes also. Your brother must be feeling proud of you after watching this.”
Fatima Sana Shaikh too was trolled for her ‘shameless selfie’. Here’s what the person had to say,
“Allah say toh daro jahanoom he milega tume burkha pehnooo.”
Trolling has become a global phenomenon and it’s about time that someone takes on these nasty internet trolls. For the first time on Indian television, ‘Troll Police’, a reality show addresses the issue of cyber bullying and makes trolls accountable for their online behavior.
The show comprises of expert investigators and a cyber-team which will trace the trolls of some of the biggest celebrities of Bollywood and the faces behind it. Taking on internet trolls while educating the youth and creating awareness will be the youth icon, Rannvijay Singha.
Commenting on the launch of Troll Police, Ferzad Palia, Head, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said:
“At MTV, we aim to comprehend the needs and wants of the young and deal with issues pertaining to them. Though trolling is a broad term and it takes in everything from ill-mannered provocation to violent threats, one needs to understand that trolling can crush one’s self-esteem and confidence. We genuinely feel that trolling is a serious offence and it has become a concern, we should address. Through Troll Police, our objective is to create awareness and educate the youth that though we enjoy our rights to freedom of speech but using indecent language can have bitter consequences.”
Talking about the innovative concept of ‘Troll Police‘, host of the show – Rannvijay Singha said:
“With great power comes great responsibility and I really feel that while internet has given us the power to voice our opinion, there are a lot of people who do not use this boon wisely. Trolling is common nowadays and the major reasons for it are boredom, amusement and the need for attention. However, if trolls feel that they can hide his or her identity and use internet as a platform to send inflammatory and off-topic messages and get away with it, it is wrong and unjustified. It is a sign of cowardice! I hope ‘Troll Police’ enables a lot of people out there to voice their issues if they are being trolled, because trolling someone is a serious offence.”
Each episode of ‘Troll Police‘ will feature a Bollywood celebrity who will track down their trolls with the help of host Rannvijay, an investigator and the cyber-team.
There will be three levels to the show. First a social engineer, private investigator and the cyber-team will devise customized traps for the troll.