Keen to learn more about inclusive workplaces? Want to be inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community? Download our special report with Randstad India on making Inclusion without Exception happen
Like many, this author initially felt Kangana Ranaut's recent Aap Ki Adalat interview was too 'conveniently' timed. What made her rethink? Read on!
Like many, this author initially felt Kangana Ranaut’s recent Aap Ki Adalat interview was too ‘conveniently’ timed. What made her rethink? Read on!
Kangana Ranaut doesn’t believe in being diplomatic. Kangana Ranaut doesn’t give a damn to what anyone thinks about her – be it high profile directors who can make or break an actor’s career, be it the privileged sons of the biggest names in the Bollywood industry, be it the Women’s Commission (which according to her can be bought with enough money), or be it the awards functions filled with glitz or glamour and sponsored by the most influential funders of the film industry.
And you know what makes her a woman to look up to even more? She doesn’t even hesitate to admit when she herself has faltered. I was already in awe of her as one of the most talented actors in Bollywood in recent times. However, her recent Aap Ki Adalat interview made this ordinary girl fall even more in love with the Queen that is Kangana Ranaut. She is truly an inspiration for women like us, who come from humble backgrounds and who are striving to make it big based only on our own merits.
Like Kangana, even I’m ready to admit that I faltered in the beginning by not being convinced enough to watch this interview. A mentor and a friend, who I look up to (and who shall remain unnamed) asked me about my views on it. Like a lot many people out there, I said that though I haven’t watched the interview, I felt the timing was convenient for her because of her upcoming movie release. Also, going by the sensational media reports that selectively highlighted parts of the interview, I felt equipped enough to give my views. Boy, was I wrong!
When I watched the interview, my views changed completely. Not only was Kangana poised and calm, the reasonings she gave to the ‘charges’ put up against her and the questions she asked in return, were so relevant that I felt guilty about earlier having arrived at a conclusion about the interview even before watching it.
What left me so impressed?
Let me present to you, a few things she discussed in the interview that made me cheer her spirit and applaud her for the courage she displayed when all the odds were stacked against her:
She talks about the time when she was put under house arrest by actor and producer Aditya Pancholi and was abused by him on a regular basis. When his family members refused to help her, she took recourse to taking help from the police. Then she goes on to advice other women that if they are in an abusive relationship, then they definitely need to take the police’s help to get out of it.
When asked about the fact that many directors say she interferes in the making of the films she is a part of, she says that she puts forth her suggestions and sometimes, it so happens that the director would ask her to give those suggestions in private so that he can announce it as his own suggestions in front of other crew members! She goes on to say that the male ego of these directors are so fragile those get hurt if an actor gives them some advice in public about their work.
When asked about her conspicuous absence from award functions, Kangana says that these award functions are all pre-decided and she doesn’t like taking part in such fake programs. ‘They even force you to come by threatening you that your career will be over if you don’t,’ she adds. ‘Why should I be forced to do something I don’t want to do?’ Yes, Queen! We feel you and completely agree with you.
She has been rebuked by some of the biggies in the industry, such as Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and so on, for being outspoken against nepotism. She has called Karan Johar a movie mafia to his face. Just think about it once. A girl from a small town in Himachal Pradesh getting all the success and fame without pandering to established names in the industry. How inspiring is that? I’m getting goose bumps even while writing it! I’ve heard people say that there are other outsiders who do not complain like her about nepotism, like an Irfan Khan or a Priyanka Chopra. But, so what?
We aren’t all the same, right? And the fact that she is protesting so vocally against this evil practice might be a good thing for the future generation of Bollywood aspirants who do not come from a filmy background. What is wrong in courageously pointing out the flaws in a system where you belong?
While talking about the chain of incidents regarding her relationship with Hrithik, and the messy aftermath, not for once does she flinch from accepting the fact that she too was vulnerable and fell for his promises. And then, she talks about the heavy prices she had to pay for the same. Starting from getting threats about her compromising pictures and videos being exposed by Hrithik, to her personal letters being published by the media (most of which were fake, according to her), to getting death threats, to the harassment of police, she underwent it all. She even says that the very Women’s Commission that agreed to help her out, backed out shortly after Papa Roshan used his influence on them. I’m not saying here that all her allegations are true but as she says, if Hrithik and his father has something else to present, then they should come into the open and do so to prove her wrong!
When asked by a member of the audience whether she didn’t feel scared dealing with such abusive and powerful people in the industry, she replies that it is not like she wasn’t scared. We all have our fears and at the same time, we all have confidence and courage. She adds that she respects women who overcome their fears and come to forefront anyway. How can we not be inspired by a woman who thinks this way?
These are some of the excerpts through which the uncrowned Queen of Bollywood stole my heart once again. In conclusion, I’d just like to add – To all those people who think she did this interview just before the upcoming launch of her movie, Simran, to get good PR, I’d like to ask:
So what? Does that take away from the fact that she overcame some of the toughest challenges anyone can think of in the movie industry, to be where she is?
Does that undermine the violence of her former male partners or the malpractices prevalent in the film industry?
Does a woman really need to justify it every time she opens her mouth to talk against the injustices she faced?
Kangana is a force to reckon with, someone who is so confident about her abilities that she doesn’t believe in pleasing people by oiling their egos. Someone who wouldn’t remain quiet just because of society’s criticism of her for being a vocal person. Someone who has the courage to stand up for what she believes in, sometimes at the risk of her own career and even her life.
We need more women like you, Kangana, and we are with you. To hell with what the society thinks about you, you truly are the inspiration for independent minded women who do not believe in giving up no matter what patriarchy throws at them.
Top image is a still from the movie Queen
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!
Kasturi’s debut novel, forthcoming in early 2021, had won the novel pitch competition by Half Baked Beans Publishers.
She won the Runner Up Position in the Orange Flower Awards 2021 for Short Fiction.
Her read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, indivisual posts do not necessarily represent the platofrom's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
Stop glorifying biological parenthood - other methods of growing a family are just as valid, and completely a couple's choice, especially of the woman whose body goes through pregnancy and birth.
Stop glorifying biological parenthood – other methods of growing a family are just as valid, and completely a couple’s choice, especially of the woman whose body goes through pregnancy and birth.
Trigger Warning: Contains derogatory remarks about having a baby through surrogacy or any means other than giving birth through biological means, and may be triggering, especially to adoptive parents.
Recently Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced parenthood by surrogacy. This has once again sparked the debate about ethical surrogacy, which is a discussion for another day.
Arathi Rajagopalan, founder of 'House of Kalart', talks about thinking like a designer & transitioning to thinking like a business owner.
Excerpts from an interview with Arathi Rajagopalan, founder of ‘House of Kalart’ – a fusion jewellery label that merges global aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship.
When did you start ‘House of Kalart’ and what was the intention?
I started House of Kalart in 2017 as a venture where painting, drawing and embroidery are married with metalsmithing to create well-handcrafted fashion jewellery. Along with painting and styling, the venture aims to create a holistic fashion experience for a bold and dramatic woman!” As a child, I had always been fascinated by arts and crafts.
Just when we thought it was impossible to love Kangana Ranaut even more, for her spunky interviews on all wrong with Bollywood today, we find we were wrong.
Just when we thought it was not possible to love Kangana Ranaut even more, what with her spunky interviews and gutsy comebacks for everything wrong with Bollywood today, we find that we were wrong.
Kangana is back with a bang! And this time with AIB. Pointing out all things unfair (yes, once again) in Bollywood, but this time in a song parody brilliantly composed by team AIB. In the said video, Kangana is a Bollywood actress whom the director doesn’t recognize as a ‘female lead’ or a ‘heroine’ and can only recognize her when she identifies herself as the ‘love interest of the hero’. She tells the director that her character who is a scientist cannot sing lines like, ‘slather Iodex on my chest with your lips’, to which the director replies that they need to titillate the audience.
The hero then makes his entry with the background score of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (ahem, Karan Johar!) and the director welcomes him with an aarti ki thali. To add insult to the heroine’s injury, when the hero gives the same suggestion about the Iodex line to be removed, the director is more than happy to oblige him.
Bollywood Actor Kangana Ranaut is known for her bold and fiery statements. Here are ten Kangana Ranaut quotes that caught the public's eye. Read on.
Bollywood Actor Kangana Ranaut is known for her bold and fiery statements. Here are ten Kangana Ranaut quotes that caught the public’s eye. Read on.
Kangana Ranaut is a spunky actress. The ‘Queen’ of Bollywood usually grabs the headlines for her excellent acting skills or bold, uninhibited statements. When recently asked to comment on the state of ‘freedom of expression’ in the country, Kangana said:
“Freedom of expression cannot be such that it is hurtful to others’ sentiments, as we are a country of so many languages, religions and colours. Forget speaking about the country on a public platform, even at home or at your workplace, you should think before you speak. One must understand the power of words. If it can be perceived in many ways, then please value those ‘many ways’ and come up with the most precise and accurate way to express yourself, so that if you have to go back and evaluate the content of your comment, you should not be in a place where you think that this does not belong to me.”