Plabita Borthakur is currently seen as Fetish Girl aka Hina in “Escaype Live”, which has been created and directed by Siddharth Kumar Tewary. The series captures the length to which people can go to gain fame and money in the social media world. The young actress believes that the platform has made it easy for everyone to showcase their talent without any biases.
She said, “It is true that social media has made it easy to get fame and money, but it also gives equal opportunity to everyone. There can be somebody sitting in a village and still be able to upload content and earn money. There are content creators, dancers, and singers, who have not probably been to the best of schools, but because of their talent and skills, they are getting fame and money.”
“I also feel that it is not that easy and there is a struggle and the need to be seen because it does require a lot of hard work, and requires you to post every now and then. I also feel that since they need to post constantly, they dilute their art. There’s also a constant need for validation nowadays through social media. A lot of people, especially kids, are looking for validation on social media in terms of the number of likes and followers, and I think that is a very dangerous case,” she added.
Social media can be a dangerous place at times and that has been captured beautifully in the series. Asked if she feels the users must draw a line while posting, she said, “I feel this line cannot be one particular line for everybody. It depends from person to person and everyone needs to do what suits them best. If someone is a natural with posting content and enjoys social media in a way that is not stressful for them, then sure why not? They can use a lot of their time on social media if that is what is making them happy.”
Plabita Borthakur feels that people should not worry about the number of likes and followers and added, “I think that is where depression and anxiety begin because there is huge competition and comparison. After all, people would keep going to other people’s accounts to check how many likes and followers they have and compare them with themselves.”
She further said that if used wisely, social media can be quite useful. “We have seen during the lockdown, how there were a lot of hospital beds made available through social media posts for people who were struggling to get one because it was so easy to spread the word. So I think it’s very important to recognize what you want out of it and how you can use social media and not let social media use you,” Plabita concluded.