Kangana Ranaut #MeToo movement; 'I was pinched on my butt'

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut

New Delhi : Ahead of the release of Manikarnika, Kangana Ranaut discloses about her #MeToo movement in India. In the film, Kangana plays the role of Rani Laxmibai and she has much expectation with the film. To inform, she is the co-director of Manikarnika.

Earlier, Kangana had accused her Queen director Vikas Bahl's inappropriate behaviour. She says people and their attitudes have changed after influential celebs were accused during the #MeToo movement. “People will think twice now because of certain things that were reported. Earlier, everyone knew about some five-six names, but no one was doing anything about it. Today, they are out there exposed. Though that may not seem enough, it has some significance,” she said.

Agreeing with Rani Mukerji’s statement, women should be taught martial arts to keep themselves safe, Kangana said a woman needs to be responsible for her own safety. She said it was sad that Rani was trolled for her comments.

“Maybe Rani was not able to articulate herself, but if you see the way she leads her life, she is the epitome of women’s empowerment. Anyone who knows her wouldn’t find her weak or timid. There are people who talk a lot, but they don’t necessarily live up to it,” Kangana said.

During journalist Rajeev Masand’s roundtable, Rani had said that “it is important for women to believe in themselves and say that if they don’t want it to happen, it will not happen”. When actor Deepika Padukone, also a part of the discussion, had said not everyone is constructed that way, Rani had said, “Those are the women we need to talk to and tell them, you guys need to change.”

Kangana, sharing her own experience, also reiterated that you cannot expect another person to be responsible for your safety. “I was pinched on my butt in the middle of a group and that person was right there, looking at me. It was not even sexual, it was like ‘I did exactly what I was not supposed to do’. And looking me in the eye like ‘what are you going to do now?’ So, what do you expect?

“I think somewhere we should tell the girls that there are a few rules. Don’t say ‘maybe,’ when you want to say ‘no’, it’s important. Your safety doesn’t mean you can do taekwondo and karate. It also means you go to someone who can save you; it may be a teacher, an uncle you trust, a friend, or the Mumbai Police, or go to the media, find a journalist and expose them,” she added.