Recently, the new teaser of Nagarjuna Akkineni starrer Manmadhudu 2 was released featuring Rakul Preet Singh’s character of Avantika. In the teaser, Rakul Preet is seen smoking for a brief moment. This didn’t go down well with some of the netizens and they started trolling the actress. Hitting back at the trolls, Rakul said in a recent interview that smoking in a film doesn’t make her a smoker and she is not promoting it. She also stated that Shahid Kapoor also smoked cigarettes in Kabir Singh but that doesn’t mean he is promoting smoking.
Defending the teaser and her character in it, comparing it to Kabir Singh, Rakul stated, I don’t really get bothered by trolls. I think logo ka kaam hai kehna, kuch toh log kahenge. We are playing characters, now whether it is Kabir Singh, if Shahid is smoking in the film it does not make him a smoker. No way he is promoting smoking. He is playing a character Arjun Reddy that is flawed and he does those things. In real life Shahid Kapoor is a vegetarian, we all know that. People should disassociate to what we are playing onscreen is different and it is a story of that one person…we are not putting the entire girl clan into girls not showing in the right way. That’s not happening. It is that one character Avantika that smokes and it’s her story. Once you see the film, people will know why she does. Treat it like the character…For me, it was something different. I really don’t pay attention to trolls…there are bigger and better things to do.