Over the past few months, the Me Too campaign has gained momentum in India with several actresses coming out in the open and calling out their sexual predators. While a lot of B-town actors and actresses have extended their support and solidarity towards all the accusers, in a recent interview, actress Rani Mukerji found herself at the receiving end of extreme social media trolling when her comments on Me Too movement didn’t go down well with most of the netizens.
The Hichki actor had expressed herself at the actresses’ round table conference hosted by film critic Rajeev Masand.
She had said, “I think as a woman you have to be that powerful within yourself, you have to believe that you’re so powerful that if you ever come into a situation like that you have the courage to say ‘back off.’ I think you have to have the courage to be able to protect yourself. You have to take responsibility for your own self.”
Now, Kangana Ranaut has reacted to her statement in her own way.
Talking to Times Now, Kangana Ranaut reacted to this and said,
”People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but if our society can produce a woman like Rani Laxmi Bai, then why not, they must not be discouraged. If they are strong women, we should not discourage women. I was 16-years-old when I filed my first FIR against sexual assault so there are people who can stand up for themselves, they shouldn’t be discouraged.”
When she was further asked about empowerment vis-à-vis children, she added:-
“Like I said, empowerment who need, they should be empowered, who need. But, not necessarily everyone needs. Some people can give empowerment also. Some people are givers, the ones who canshould be encouraged to give strength, people who are working with NGOs.”
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Kangana is known for her open straight attitude and has often spoken unabashedly against sexual harassment, nepotism and labour rights. She has always expressed herself without a fear and believes in standing up for what she believes in.
She will now be seen in the role of Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika. The trailer of the film was received well by the viewers for the grandeur and the impressive war scenes. The film also stars Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai, Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao, Atul Kulkarni as Tatya Tope and Suresh Oberoi as Bajirao II.
The film is set to hit the theatres on January 25.
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