Kangana has always been vocal about her opinions and if you’ve been keeping up with your dose of Bollywood news this week, you’ll know that she has been the biggest newsmaker, with her comments on nepotism, her affairs with Aditya Pancholi and Hrithik Roshan, and of course, her take on the pay disparity in Bollywood. She was one of the first few actresses to come forth and speak about the gender divide, and knowing Kangana, she won’t stop until her voice is heard loud and clear.
In an interview with Midday, she opened up the blatant sexism in the Hindi film industry and how actresses who speak their minds are frowned upon.
By and large, the system is not comfortable with an actress being intelligent. Too bad if she is smarter than the male lead. And worse, if she is smarter than the director.
Is this why she’s choosing to do more solo films?
I have no choice but to go solo at this point. I face prejudice and people joke about how I am the bully. I swing between being a bitch and Buddha. Have you heard that I am a witch apparently.
But Kangana’s not taking this sitting down.
This talk starts only because they want actresses to be dumb and pretty. I can’t act dumb. I can’t sit on a set pampering the male ego, just because it’s the easier way to get your way around men. To expect men to stand up for feminism is silly. They are used to being a priority in every field. It was a life of comfort for them – women were looking after their homes, giving them sex. Suddenly, women are coming out of this chauvinistic spell and asking relevant questions. That is bothering the men. Women, too, are sometimes more chauvinistic than men, perpetuating the ‘men are better’ complex.