When social media was newly introduced, people flocked to create accounts and establish their presence on it. Slowly, more and more social media websites developed and people created more accounts so as to not feel left behind. Now, people have their accounts on many popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others. What started out as a means to establish and foster connections between people has now grown into a big community on its own. Initially, people used to flock to social media to connect and chat with their dear ones and through the power of the internet, social media websites have made it possible to establish friendships with people, not just from another city but even from another country.
But now, social media websites have become more than just a means of communication and connection. Through social media, we can do a lot more than simply chat, we can play games, learn, read interesting information and other people’s opinions, stay updated on the current events from around the world, watch other people’s creativity as well as share our own talents. We can even connect and get a peek into the lives of our favorite celebrities on social media!
Social media has become so important that it is difficult for us to imagine a day without it. When we post pictures of ourselves or share anything, we are eager to know how many people liked our pictures or content and how people have responded to it. We think of going on a digital detox but in the end, keep on coming back to it. In such a case, we wonder how some people manage to go on detox so easily and successfully.
Social media is an integral part of a celebrity’s life as well. Celebrities share their daily lives with their fans, share updates on their upcoming ventures, connect with their fans and respond to their questions and they even act as influencers for their fans by giving them advice, doing paid collaborations and promotions of various products and reviewing brands and products for their fans. Social media, thus, has also become a means of alternative income for celebrities. Sometimes, the online presence of an actor also helps him/her in bagging roles as it worked for Neena Gupta for ‘Badhaai Ho’. Even TV actors have often complained of discrimination based on followers and social media presence, as they missed out on roles because they did not have a lot of followers. Thus, social media presence is important for a celebrity.
Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Mira Rajput Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Alia Bhatt, Neha Dhupia, Lara Dutta Bhupathi, etc have established a strong social media presence and are highly active on social media sharing daily updates and a glimpse of their lives with their fans.
However, there are also negative aspects to social media. Celebrities are always in the eyes of the public and their activities and opinions are often trolled. Anonymous social media presence has made cyberbullying much easier and thus, there has been a lot of toxicity towards actors, no matter what they do or say. Thus, there are some Indian celebrities who have chosen to stay away from a social media presence and keep their activities to themselves.
1. Ranbir Kapoor
While Ranbir Kapoor’s wife Alia Bhatt has a lively and active social media presence, the ‘Brahmastra’ actor wishes to refrain from having a public social media presence. The reason why we say public social media presence is because the actor is believed to have a secret private account with a different name, and he likes to watch others’ social media activities from a distance, as admitted by himself. He believes that the platform of films is the biggest platform for him and hence, does not wish to engage with people on another platform. The actor is very shy and reserved in contrast to his bubbly partner. However, Alia Bhatt regularly posts pictures of them and gives fans an insight into their married life as well as their upcoming movies and ventures.
2. Saif Ali Khan
Quite similar to Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, the Nawab of the Pataudi family has chosen to stay away from any form of social media, while his wife, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has an active social media presence. Saif Ali Khan has chosen to opt out of social media as a result of the excessive negativity and trolling which have developed on these platforms which have disturbed him. He believes in enjoying the simple, quiet moments of everyday life and living them wholeheartedly instead of feeling pressured to share every detail of his life on social media. However, Kareena gives a peek into their lives as a couple and parents to their two adorable kids, Taimur and Jehangir, who have become nothing short of celebrities themselves right from the moment they were born and enjoy a lot of attention from the media, through her social media handles. Kareena has also turned influencer for pregnant women and mothers, giving them tips on health, well-being, diet, parenting, and more.
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3. Jaya Bachchan
The former actress and politician Jaya Bachchan is also among the list those Indian celebrities who, despite their immense popularity, have chosen to remain away from social media. Despite having a very socially active lifestyle as a politician, a member of the Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, she chooses to keep the details of her life to herself. She chooses to enjoy a private life. On the other hand, her husband, Mahanayak Amitabh Bachchan has an active social media presence and enjoys connecting and sharing details of his life with his fans. He has a massive fan following and receives a lot of love, respect, and admiration from his fans. He even maintains a personal blog through which he likes to share his thoughts, feelings, and updates of his life regularly.
4. Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee, who has been the star of movies such as ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Mardaani’, ‘Hichki’ and many more and delighted the audiences with her varied roles and her on-screen presence, sadly, doesn’t have a social media presence to delight her fans. Many of her fellow 90s actresses such as Madhuri Dixit Nene, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Kajol, and Sushmita Sen have an active social media presence, however, Rani Mukherjee doesn’t feel pressured to join her contemporaries. She is happy with her private life and wants it to remain that way. She doesn’t wish to share details of her life with everyone. Her husband, producer, and director Aditya Chopra has also taken the same route and is away from all social media websites.
5. Aditya Chopra
Like his wife, Rani Mukherjee, producer and director Aditya Chopra also has chosen to stay away from having accounts on any social media websites. Though many of his fellow producers and directors maintain a good presence on social media, the chairman and managing director of Yash Raj Films does not feel pressured to join any social media website. He is not keen to join any social media website anytime soon. Both Rani Mukherjee and Aditya Chopra like to maintain privacy regarding their personal lives and also wish to keep their daughter Adira away from the glaring public eye. However, they have also been photographed with their daughter on several occasions.
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6. Imran Khan
Imran Khan has impressed young audiences and won their hearts by playing the role of the sweet, lover boy in much-loved romantic comedies such as ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa, ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ and equally impressed audiences in his role in the dark comedy ‘Delhi Belly’ is deeply missed by his fans. Audiences are longing for the kind of light-hearted romantic movies that Imran Khan used to star in. The actor is not only missing from social media but also missing from public life for a long time. He had reportedly quit acting to pursue a career in direction but has now given up on fame and celebrity life completely. Though there were reports of separation from his wife, he is reported to be happier and at peace with his family life with his wife Avantika Malik Khan, and daughter Imara Malik Khan.
The very sultry and seductive Rekha has been the star of films Silsila’, ‘Umrao Jaan’, ‘Zubeidaa’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, ‘Nagin’, ‘Ghar’, ‘Biwi Ho Toh Aisi’ and a lot more. Though many of her contemporaries and famous yesteryear stars have now adapted to social media to connect with their fans, the beautiful Rekha is yet to make her stunning debut on any social media platform. Fans cannot get enough of the very gorgeous Rekha and they crave to see her presence on social media. The actress has charmed people with her beauty, grace, and acting and also intrigued people by talking about her love life. They wish to know more about her life. However, much like the other celebrities who refrain from using social media platforms, Rekha to wishes to keep the details of her life private and only makes rare public appearances.
8. Amrita Singh
Actress Amrita Singh has starred in movies such as ‘Waaris’, ‘Naam’, ‘Betaab’, ‘Mard’, ‘Kalyug’, ‘2 States’, ‘Aaina’, ‘Chameli Ki Shaadi’, and more. She took a break from acting in the 1990s and has returned to playing supporting roles in recent movies. Her most recent appearance is in the movie ‘Heropanti 2’. Amrita Singh had been in the limelight due to her career and marriage to Saif Ali Khan. However, she has chosen to stay away from social media too and doesn’t wish to open a handle anytime soon. However, her children Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan are popular among the young generation and are actively connected to their fans on their social media handles. Sara enjoys a massive fan following on social media among the youth audience, both due to her movies as well as her fashion sense Ibrahim hasn’t made his Bollywood debut yet but there are speculations of his debut. However, he has worked as the assistant director on the movie ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’. Fans who wish to see a glimpse of Amrita Singh can do so through her children’s handles as she makes an occasional appearance with them in their photos.
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9. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan often dubbed as ‘Mr. Perfectionist’ of Bollywood used to have a strong social media presence and huge fan following previously. However, the actor decided to leave social media recently on his 56th birthday last year. One day after his birthday last year, he made a post declaring that it was his last post and he was overwhelmed by the love and warmth that he had received on his birthday. It is speculated that the actor has left social media behind owing to the fakeness and pretense which has contaminated it. However, it hasn’t reduced Aamir Khan’s popularity as he continues to enjoy a mass appeal among the public. He also continues to be active in his various ventures and doesn’t seem to have the time or desire to return to social media anytime soon or even in the near future.
10. Ajith Kumar
Stars from the south are not limited to just the south anymore. Their movies have managed to carve their place in the heart of the public and more and more south Indian movies are being remade and dubbed to suit a pan-Indian audience. The south actors have also found their place in Bollywood and enjoy massive appeal from a North Indian audience. They have been acting in Indian films. Stories from the south are loved by audiences for their attachment to their roots and culture. So, it is no wonder that South stars are avid users of social media to stay in touch with their fans and share details of their daily lives with them. However, Ajith Kumar, the south superstar, who has impressed audiences with performances in movies like ‘Valimai’, ‘Visvasam’, ‘Vivegam’, ‘Veeram’ and a lot more has also chosen to stay away from having any form of social media presence. His wife, Shalini, had been popular as a child artist and actress and she is also famous for her albums in the devotional genre. She doesn’t seem to have an active social media presence either.
The remarkable south Indian actress Nayanthara is also among the celebrities who do not feel pressured to use social media in any way. Nayanthara has been featured in the Forbes “Celebrity 100” list in 2018. She has managed to impress audiences with her amazing acting skills in movies such as ‘Visvasam’, ‘Raja Rani’, ‘Annaatthe’. Her upcoming movies are ‘Gold’, ‘Jawan’ and ‘Godfather’. Her superior acting skills have earned her the title of ‘Lady Superstar’ of Kollywood. The actress seems to be a very private person and doesn’t reveal much about her personal life to the public. Earlier this year, rumors of her marriage to Vignesh Shivan were doing the rounds and now, there have been rumors about the couple planning to have a baby. However, the actress has not responded to any of the rumors herself. The actress doesn’t believe in sharing details of her life with the public, though fans are always curious to know more about her life.
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12. R Narayana Murthy
R Narayana Murthy has not only been impressed with his acting skills but he is also famous as a screenwriter, director, and producer. He has predominantly worked in Telugu movies. He has appeared in movies like ‘Erra Sainyam’, ‘Cheemala Dandu’, ‘Erra Samudram’ and a lot more. He has also won the Nandi Special Jury Award for his film ‘Dandora’. But, R Narayana Murthy is also reportedly a private person who does not wish to make his presence on any social media platform. The reason behind this is that he believes that social media has a lot of fakenesses and he does not wish to engage in the fakeness of social media.
13. Shiva Rajkumar
Shiva Rajkumar is another south star who hasn’t felt the need to have an active presence on social media. His full name is Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy. He is a Kannada actor who predominantly stars in Kannada films. He has acted in over 120 films. However, despite his immense popularity, Shiva Rajkumar has preferred to stay away from social media and fans wouldn’t be able to see him join the bandwagon of actors on social media anytime soon. There is only an official fan page available on Facebook by his name. He has worked in movies like ‘Bajrangi’, ‘Bajrangi 2’, ‘Galatea Aliyandru’ and many more.
M. Nassar predominantly works in Tamil and Telugu cinema. He is another star who has decided to stay away from social media. He is famous, not only in the south but also in the north, owing to his appearances in movies that have had a pan-India release. He has appeared in movies such as ‘Bombay’, ‘Nayakan’, ‘Thadam’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, ‘Oke Oka Jeevitham’ and many others. He is currently serving as the president of the South Indian Actors Association. So, it could be possible that Nassar does not have any time to spare for having an active social media presence.
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15. Yogi Babu
Yogi Babu is famous as an actor and comedian, who predominantly appears in Tamil films. He has mostly been seen playing side roles and has only played the lead role in 2 films. However, his roles have been given much love and appreciation by the audiences and even earned him the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award three times in his career spanning over a decade. He has appeared in movies such as ‘Yogi’, ‘Sirithai Rasipen’, ‘Veeram’, ‘And Kalakalappu’, and had a minor role in the blockbuster Hindi movie ‘Chennai Express’. Yogi Babu doesn’t have any presence on social media and he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to join any social media platforms either. Fans wishing to know more about him and gain more insight into his life will probably have to wait longer.
16. Rao Ramesh
Rao Ramesh is yet another south actor who doesn’t have any form of a social media presence. Rao Ramesh is an actor who has primarily worked in Telugu films. He has also done Telugu television and Telugu theatre. He has worked in films such as ‘Ek Ajeeb Dastan’, ‘RX 100’, ‘Rowdy Fellow’, ‘90ML’, and he has also starred in the blockbuster Telugu movie ‘Pushpa: The Rise’. He has even starred in the Kannada blockbuster ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ which has become one of the biggest hits of Indian cinema. It has been among the few movies released in 2022 that have become hits. Despite being a Kannada movie, the movie was declared a super hit all over India and gave its actors wider fame. However, Rao Ramesh prefers to stay away from social media as of now.
Kanneganti Brahmanandam, who is popularly known as simply Brahmanandam is a south Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. He is also a comedian and known for his exceptional comic expressions. Brahmanandam has also been awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to cinema. He has acted in more than 1000 films in an acting career spanning around 2-3 decades. He even holds a Guinness World Record for ‘most screen credits for a living actor.’ He has appeared in movies such as ‘Dookudu’, ‘Pokiri’, ‘Yevadu’, ‘Aagadu’, ‘Rebel’ and many Telugu films. However, despite many such achievements, the actor prefers to stay away from social media and has decided to enjoy a private life.
However, there are many celebrities who are trying to utilize their social media presence in a good way and they are trying to spread optimism and motivation through their social media presence. Sonu Sood utilized his social media presence by helping a lot of people who contacted him through social media during the difficult times of COVID-19-induced lockdown. His efforts had made him a star beyond films and many people hailed him for his kindness. His efforts had helped many people.
Along with Sonu Sood, celebrities also like to share positive messages, the positive things and differences they have made, the positive ventures they have learned about and wish to get attached to, and tips related to lifestyle, wellness, happiness, health, fashion, food, travel and a lot more. Many celebrities have also used it to share their talents beyond acting.
However, celebrities have often had to face brutal trolling which they choose to ignore each day, while some celebrities choose to stay away from the negativity altogether.
It is completely up to an individual to decide how much of their life they wish to share with the public, even if they are a celebrity.
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