New Delhi: Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji has been at the receiving end of Twitterati for her unthoughtful comment on the #MeToo movement at the actress roundtable conference meet which was also attended by other leading ladies of Bollywood Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Tabu and Taapsee Pannu.
The session was moderated by News18's Rajeev Masand, who brought forth the hottest topic of 2018 the Me Too movement and asked the actresses about their opinion about the same.
While Anushka, Deepika advocated the cause, Rani's statement on MeToo was not only frivolous but it also reeked of ignorance
Talking about the changes that have taken place in the wake of the #MeToo movement in Bollywood, Anushka said, "There should be a little sense of fear. Your workplace has to be the second sacred place for you. After your home, your workplace is the place where you should feel the safest and if you're not feeling that way then that's the worst world to be living in," Anushka added
To which Rani added, "I think as a woman you have to be that power 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."
Rani further went on to add that martial arts and self-defence should be made compulsory in schools. While the Deepika and Anushka countered her statement with facts, Rani stuck to her only solution to sexual harassment and that was "martial arts."
While Deepika, Alia and Anushka were hailed for taking a stand for women at the roundtable, Rani became a butt of jokes and was massively criticised on Twitter.
I have so many thoughts on this discussion, all about #RaniMukerji and her pov of simply putting the responsibility on the MOTHER vs. the grown men that actually perpetuate the crime. This very notion of women should be a certain way is the very same reason why this shit happens. https://t.co/FGNqNgy79c
— Nilam K. Patel (@nilamkpatel) December 30, 2018
Everything looks rosy from Chopra mansion but reality is harsh for women out there.
— MBA Ladki (@akanksharma) December 30, 2018
MeToo movement gained momentum in Bollywood with several big names facing the music for their wrong deeds.