In the past week there have been some controversies concerning two actresses and their ‘feminist outlook’. Kangana Ranaut who has always been a controversial figure in bollywood had a verbal fight with the queen bee of Bollywood Karan Joher, and it is all over the internet. Kangana recently appeared on Joher’s talk show as a guest and had quite an opinion to give about his work. Kangana called Karan “the flag bearer of nepotism” and this comment created quite a stir in Bollywood and Indian media. Let’s rewind a bit to the 62nd Filmfare Awards where Alia Bhatt won the best actress award. Her speech was filled with gratitude and in the end of her speech she very graciously thanked Karan Joher saying that he was the one who made it all happen for her. Well that’s because Karan was the one who gave her the first break in 2012 with the unrealistic high school drama ‘Student of the year’. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan (both star kids) were launched that year by Karan Joher. This is not all, most films coming out of Dharma Productions star Karan’s favourite youngsters and star kids nowadays. Still Kangana’s comment has not pleased people and she is getting a lot of backlash for it. Karan who kept silent on the show later replied by saying that If kangana is so displeased with the industry she is free to leave it. What is wrong with this statement is the fact that a priviledged successful director has made this comment about someone who is self made and stands strong today only because of her talent. Kangana had to struggle to enter this industry which is mostly run and ruled by star kids and people with connections. Also karan said that Kangana should stop playing the ‘victim card’ and ‘woman card’. How does giving your opinion like a pro mean that you are playing the victim? Kangana gave her point boldly without even caring about the fact that it could damage her career prospects later. And where does the ‘woman’ aspect even come into play in this whole scenario? Is it the fact that Karan’s male ego got hurt because he was shown the mirror by a woman? I have been a Karan Joher fan since I was a kid, no matter how cheesy his films are I still watch them for the extravagant style. But this episode has definitely made me disappointed because Karan chose the wrong words. He could have just said that he has the right to work with anyone he wants but instead he went for this cheap remark about Kangana playing a victim. This just proved Kangana right and made Karan sound like a movie mafia.
Another incident that happened recently is the controversial Vanity fair photo shoot done by Emma Watson. What was controversial about it? Well a lot of people thought that because Emma is a feminist she doesn’t have the right to pose nude or nearly naked for a magazine. A lot of people feel that a feminist cannot portray herself sexually and therefore it was a hypocritical move by Watson to pose for that photo. This debate is so pointless because feminism itself means giving a person the choice to live his/her life on their own terms! It is about equal rights, oppurtunities and choices. What does Emma’s photo have to do with it? Emma replied by saying that “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. It’s not — I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.” That is precisely what it means and this is why it is essential to teach about it in schools. These are the same people who have always sexualized women everywhere and are afraid to release films because they feel they are ‘lady oriented’. Women have always been dictated how to live their lives and told to ‘cover up’. This ideology is really harmful and has left many scars on our history and it needs to stop now! So back off people and go learn the real meaning of feminism before commenting about it.