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Trolling is an organised business now and people are paid for trolling, said award National Award-winning filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

Speaking at the annual convention of OTV Foresight 2023 in Odisha capital on Saturday, Agnihotri took a dig at trolls stating that it only meant to silence who are on social media.

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“They (troll army) attack people who are on social media. They want to hurt you and scare you until you are silenced. In my case, initially they targeted me. Issued fatwas against me. When they failed to silence me, they started targeting my family,” said the filmmaker.

Narrating an incident about his daughter, Agnihotri said, “My daughter was targeted by a fact checking website called Alt News. They started picking up her photos and started attacking me with that. Then I realised that this is all organised. They want to demoralise you. It is up to you whether you want to accept the defeat or keep supporting the truth until they themselves are shut.”

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“As far as I am concerned, I am a spiritual person. I took refuge in spirituality and dodged the bullets,” the director of ‘The Kashmir Files’ added.

At OTV Foresight 2023, Vivek Agnihotri spoke on several issues including his film-making journey and his life post the release of ‘The Kashmir Files’.