10 Bollywood Celebs who don’t shy away from the ‘F-Word’!
Feminism, the dreaded F-word, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Lisa Haydon and Mira Rajput hate it. While, there are celebs who have taken a wrong route, expressing their displeasure of being a feminist. We have listed 10 celebs aren't shying away from promoting an important cause!
Anushka wears her opinions on her sleeves. Like, literally! And, she is not afraid to actually admit that she is a feminist. From being a tough producer in a male dominated world to questioning media who questioned her sources in the name of ‘empowerment’, Anushka is here to preach some much-needed truth in Bollywood! Our favorite girl crush, forever!
Next up on her list is Anarkali of Aarah. At a recent event, when she was asked about her views on feminism, she proudly said, “Yes”. Without blinking an eye, unabashedly and proudly. I have heard people saying, "I'm not a feminist, I am normal." I'd like to tell them that feminists aren't abnormal. They don't carry horns on their head. Feminism is a movement that has fought over the years for equality of women in politics, in the economy, in the home and at every stage of life. I feel it's a positive movement, a great movement.”
Neerja actress recently did a photoshoot with Femina magazine, where she talked about the double standards of judging a woman by her clothes. Not only did she reveal the horrifying tale of being molested at a young age, she raised some much needed issues on why India actually needs feminism. Always one to preach what she really believes in, Sonam is an angel in Bollywood.
An actor who is vocal about his opinions and who supports women’s rights through and through! Yes, Please! Siddharth has often taken the social media route to highlight the misogyny against women in the country. He expressed his displeasure at a billboard ad which featured Ranveer Singh and called it a new low for women’s right in the workplace. He also highlighted the blatant stalking that was promoted in the industry. If only all actors would talk sense like this!
Richa Chadha, who has always been up for performing women centric and empowering roles has always told that more celebrities need to speak up on important issues instead of playing around the bush. Richa said, “Is feminism only a woman's prerogative? Shouldn't it be the other way round? Who propagates patriarchy and causes women to be oppressed? It's not women, but often men. So, why don't we say that everybody should write better characters and better content?" More love to you, Richa!
Is there a reason to think why Kangana wouldn’t be a feminist? We don’t think so! Always speaking for the much needed and right causes, Kangana has managed to rise in a male dominated film industry and change the rules. She was one of the first person to question the wage gap between men and women. When asked about her views on feminism, she simply said, “I’m a badass!”
Konkona Sen Sharma
At a time when celebrities are running away from the word, Konkana came forward and preached the truth. She once said, “"I'm surprised feminism's been getting such a bad rep of late, because the minute you believe in equality, whether you want the label or not, you already are a feminist. Right now, patriarchy is part of our being in such an insidious way—in things as simple as design! I've read that cellphones are larger because they're designed for male hands (which are bigger than ours) and even seatbelts are as uncomfortable as they are because they weren't designed with breasts in mind. I think the day we start to really make place for women, only then will feminism actually become redundant."
Finally, a man who admits that women need equality and there is a need to be better men. Farhan is the voice behind MARD, which is ‘Men against Rape and Discrimination’. He has constantly raised his voice against sexism and discrimination. He once proudly admitted, “Apart from women being feminists, it is essential that men stand up and discover feminism. If there is a divide, it is because of social rules. Men need to connect with their feminist side to understand women's battles.”
Choice and empowerment are important yet highly misinterpreted words. But, when Deepika came out with a video entitled ‘My choice’, we knew our favorite beauty was in full support of feminism. Although, the video was met with a lot of bashing, Deepika did not let the bullies bog her down. More power to Deepika!
The silent Bollywood underdog isn’t afraid to speak up on feminism. He won us all over when he said ‘women don’t need protection, they are strong forces on their own’. He also spoke about bringing down chauvinism when he said, “If most men are chauvinist and aggressive then we need another chauvinist to bring them down.”