Over the past few months, the Me Too campaign has exploded in Bollywood- thanks to Tanushree Dutta renewing a decade-old sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar, several actresses have come out in the open, calling out their sexual predators. In the wake of the Me Too campaign, from Vinta Nanda, Sandhya Mridul, to Shweta Pandit and other famous personalities, a lot of women have shared their sexual harassment stories. While a lot of B-town actors and actresses have extended their solidarity towards all the women who have shared their Me Too stories, in a recent interview, when Black actress Rani Mukerji was asked about her stance on #MeToo, she had a slightly different take on the whole movement and she had said that a woman needs to take responsibility for herself.
Rani 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 of your own self.” After Rani’s comments, the actress was trolled on social media with people bashing the actress for her comments. And actress Neha Dhupia in an interview has come out in support of Rani’s comments as she feels that women should be strong enough to say back off and not depend on any men. “That is extremely legitimate that women should be strong enough to say back off. I don’t think that breed of men should exist who actually want to exploit women. Women shouldn’t be brought to the point of saying back off. That shouldn’t exist in our culture or our society.” Recently, Manikarnika actress Kangana Ranaut, too was asked about her take on Rani Mukerji’s Me Too stance, to which Kangana had 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.”
Recently, Tanushree Dutta, the flag bearer of the Me Too movement in India, jetted off to the USA after a six-month-long stay in India. Tanushree, took to social media to share pictures with her family as she bid good-bye to them. After Tanushree’s allegations, Nana Patekar had to step down from Housefull 4 and Rana Daggubati was roped in to replace Nana Patekar.