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Is Ekta Kapoor a Feminist?
Read on to know… (Excerpts below are from her interview with Huffington Post)
Again the positive and negatives cancel each other out.
She does not endorse fairness creams The actress does not like the way such ads are presented, and thinks that such ads do hurt the confidence of darker people, especially women. Kangana also mentioned that her sister, too is a little dark, so endorsing a fairness cream would mean insulting her own sister and the rest of the community who aren’t fair.
She did not hide, rather spoke up when an obsessive lover threw acid on her sister Rangoli. This is commendable. Rangoli’s story gave so many women the inspiration to survive such horrendous acts. “We Don’t Glorify The Right Heroes”, she says. And that’s so true.
Her open proclamation of the widely prevalent nepotism in the film industry had many people follow suit. Everyone knew it but no one had the guts to stick their neck out. When people who are not deserving, get preference solely because of their social influence, there are many others missing out on those opportunities.
Is candid and open about her life and does not play the victim card
There were many who attacked Kangana for washing her dirty linen in public when she spoke candidly about her past relationship mistakes. Singer, Sona Mohaptra wrote an open letter admonishing Kangana for her ‘publicity stunt’. And many would agree with her. I don’t think Sona said anything objectionable really. But as highlighted in this article, Sona has no right to ask Kangana to not express herself. The author explains how women are prohibited from expressing themselves historically. That is why we have very few autobiographies of women. If the story of a woman doesn’t fit in the mould of society, then it must not be told. Kangana broke this mould and how. Don’t girls have relationships? Don’t they make mistakes? Don’t they break their heart? Then why hide it? Why can only men live real lives while the women have to stay invisible? Kangana did not play the victim card-she always told her stories as though she had made peace with it all. She showed a lot of courage by opening up about an abusive relationship and also egged women to go to the police if they were in a similar situation.
Kangana’s always played strong women characters – right from her earlier not-so popular films such as Gangster or Woh Lamhe to her recent films such as Tanu weds Manu, Queen or Simran. Film Kangana refuses to be a part of ‘Item Numbers’ because they objectify women. In a collaboration with AIB, a popular Indian comedy sketch group, Kangana Ranaut calls out the Hindi Film industry for its widespread sexism in a viral video. You can read the on-point lyrics of this parody item number– ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’ here.