Kangana Ranaut and Rani Mukerji./ Image: Instagram
Over the past few months, Me Too campaign has gained momentum in India, especially in the entertainment industry. Several celebrities have come forward to share their experience of sexual harassment. From Tanushree Dutta, Vinita Nanda to Shweta Pandit, several famous personalities have shared their own experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in the wake of India’s #MeToo Movement.
While a lot of B-town actors and actresses have extended their support and solidarity towards all the accusers, in a recent interview, Rani Mukerji shared her views on Me Too for which she found herself at the receiving end of extreme social media trolling. The actress 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,” adding, “you have to take responsibility for your own self."
After Rani’s statement, Kangana Ranaut was asked about what she thought of Rani’s stance on Me Too, to which Kangana said, “People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but agar Rani Laxmi Bai jaise ladkiyan agar humari societyhumein de sakti hai toh why not, unko discourage nahi karna chahiye. 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.” Further, Kangana was asked about children who are not empowered and she said, “Empowerment who need, they should be empowered but not necessarily everyone needs. Some people can give empowerment also. Some people are givers, the ones who can should be encouraged to give strength, people who are working with NGOs.”
On the work front, Kangana will be next seen in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi- the film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.