Rajeev Masand, the famous film critic, conducted ‘The Actress Roundtable 2018’ with our Bollywood leading ladies, Rani Mukherjee, Tabu, Deepika Padukone and Taapsee Pannu.
The discussion revolved around many topics from the change in the way the Bollywood is coming out with female protagonists roles and how well the audience is reacting to it to the #MeToo movement that’s taken over Bollywood with rage this year.
All the actress put forward their views and had a candid discussion. Rani Mukerji too contributed in the discussion and made some ‘regressive’ comment on the #MeToo movement, which didn’t go well with the Twitteratis. Rani commented that it is on us women to protect ourselves from the harassment and should learn self-defense and martial arts to do so.
When Anushka and Deepika pointed out to the root of the problem that it is very important to induce the concept of consent in every individual, Rani added that ‘mothers cannot be taught how to raise their children, and it is the responsibility of women to protect themselves’.
Rani’s statement sparked an outrage among the Twitteratis who called out her diplomatic approach:
Deepika, Anushka, And Alia really were making great points while Rani here makes martial arts noises. You can’t make this shit up. pic.twitter.com/sceqsEj71N
— Doe (@doepikapadukone) December 29, 2018
— Dishti (@dish_teaa) December 30, 2018
Rani Mukherjee take on #Metoo movement is just atrocious … she is speaking about martial arts and all and wants women to change rather than the men…Even 5 year old babies get raped.. Some can't afford schools forget martial arts
— 🌟α§hu🌟 (@TheAn0nym0usGal) December 30, 2018
rani mukherjee pls shut your fucking privileged mouth and go get educated thank youpic.twitter.com/ufbettXRZz
— tahrima (@baddestpaki) December 30, 2018
Rani Mukherjee ruined the show..why did she think she was the primary speaker there…she went on and on…her stand on #metoo was comical..martial arts training for women..does she understand the issue..
— Gaurav Aggarwal (@agauravlaw) December 29, 2018
— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) December 30, 2018
Rani Mukherjee’s response on #MeToo and her insistence on placing the responsibility on women is so problematic and almost victim blaming.
“If they don’t want it to happen it will not happen”
“Those are the women we need to talk to and say yaar you need to change” pic.twitter.com/04lpxpfCWg
— Saniya (@touche_always) December 29, 2018
So acc to miss rani mukherjee females are molested and shit because females fail to upbring their male child in a good way….soooo its all our fault. Right.pic.twitter.com/iRMqUHYrJM
— chan || jimin's promise (@confusedarmy_) December 30, 2018
if you can condition girls to be physically and mentally strong to draw a line when theyre about to get assaulted. I think we can ALSO condition boys to not assault at all. haina, rani mukherjee?
— ｡･. (@mochivenchy) December 30, 2018
Rani Mukherjee talking about martial arts and going "chop chop chop" while Deepika and Alia talk about child molestation is the most cringe. https://t.co/91E4jpHo2Y
— Mavra Ghaznavi (@MavraGhaznavi) December 30, 2018
Well this was not that great..can't believe what shit Rani Mukherjee was talking specially on me too movement….such myopic view point she has…just ridiculous…thanks to Deepika that she at least tried to correct her..but she being she…cringy
— Aratrika Sen (@AratrikaSen1) December 30, 2018
i used to respect rani mukherjee because her recent films were quite good. I am disappointed, to say the least. I'm glad the other ladies didn't hide their disappointment.
— Alan Orenji (@Always_SHINe25) December 30, 2018
The women has to know that "she does not want it to happen". Does Rani Mukherjee know what rape is? It is the act of FORCING someone into sexual contact. It is GIVEN that she does NOT want it to happen. THAT'S WHY when it happens it is SEXUAL ASSAULT.
— Brishti (@yourstrulybrish) December 30, 2018
So you can't tell people how to bring up their sons to be respectful of women, but perfectly practical to make sure all women, girls, infants are enrolled for karate classes en-masse, pronto.Dafuq Rani? #ranimukherjee and Preity are a blot on the actresses of their time https://t.co/lRAQNLGSYY
— megzie (@megzie__) December 30, 2018
Learning self-defense etc is great.. but what Rani is not addressing is.. that a predator is a predator.. and they don't care whether you have learnt to defend yourself or not.. many times mind games are played.. personal space is violated.. there are many forms of harrasement
— Aneeta (@AneetaRadoja) December 29, 2018
— Filmy_Don (@Filmy_Don) December 30, 2018
As we bid adieu to 2018 let’s also say goodbye to these misogynist and mediocre thoughts and try to focus on the root of the problem than just going around the fences. ‘The Actress Roundtable 2018’ surely talked about serious issues and we came to know where our leading ladies stand. We were happy to see them understanding the problems being empathetic in spite of living in the glass houses, of course except for Rani Mukherjee!
You can watch the complete video here: