Rani Mukerji's Views On #MeToo Will Make You Gasp
Taking a cue from The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable, Rajeev Masand, hosts a version of it with Bollywood stars. The Actresses Roundtable this year include Alia Bhatt, Rani Mukerji, Tabu, Taapsee Pannu, Deepika Padukone, and Anushka Sharma.
They made the cut for their work in Raazi, Hichki, Andhadhun, Manmarziyaan, Padmaavat, and Pari respectively. This year the #MeToo movement took the Hindi film industry by storm. From Nana Patekar to Sajid Khan, big names in Bollywood were accused of sexual misconduct, so the topic was definitely going to be on the agenda when you have top actresses in a discussion.
Rani Mukerji, who is one of the most celebrated heroines of the late 90 and 00s, has been receiving flak for her comments on the issue. Right after the interview aired, people took to social media to lambaste the actress for her “regressive” views. Mukerji claimed that it is important for women to believe in themselves and if they did so, men would steer clear of them.
She went on to say that women should be responsible and in the case of an attack, they strongly ask the guy to back off. Even the other actress at the table interrupted Rani and called her out on her ridiculous options. The only thing they all somewhat agreed on is about young girls being introduced to martial arts.
It comes as a surprise the someone who is as well moved as Rani Mukerji could have such notions about society. She played the role of a fearless cop in Mardaani and a persistent jointly in No One Killed Jessica, but in real life, she seems hardly like any of those characters.
Luckily, the younger generation of actors is ready to speak out against the abuse of power in Bollywood even if it costs them a film. What are your views on Mukerji’s comments and the whole #MeToo movement?. Let us know in the comments section below.
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