One cannot deny the credibility Kangana Ranaut has–she is the quintessential ‘outsider’ as per Bollywood standards and is one of the top actresses in the country. However, in the recent light of events, there are a few big questions we need to ask ourselves as well as the 33-year-old Queen actress.
a) The insider vs outsider debate–is bullying justified?
There have been rape threats, murder threats and lots of unfollowing that’s happened to the likes of Johar, Bhatt, and other perceived as part of Bollywood’s “insider” clan. However, Kangana herself has been in the eye of the storm. Her critics believe her systematic targeting of “outsiders” such as Swara Bhaskar and Taapsee Pannu is unfair.
Many chaploos outsiders consistently try to derail d movements started by Kangana,dey want to b in movie mafia good books,dey gt movies & awards fr attacking Kangana & dey take part in open harassment f a woman,shame on u @taapsee u reap the fruits f hr struggles bt gang up on hr https://t.co/0XZqVLsPok
— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) July 4, 2020
Kangana has subjected Swara Bhaskar and Taapsee Pannu to comments like ‘B-grade actresses’ while referring to herself as the ‘top actress’ on national television, thereby doing exactly what she has been condoning the Johars and Bhatts for. It is the kind of bullying she has criticized–
A bold step we have praised her for. But, still, Kangana seems to be following the same tenets she has so vehemently spoken against in the past.
Ooooooooh. Saara kasoor yeh quota system ka hai! Chalo this was simple to understand . Ho gaya solve. Simple. All good now in our ‘territory’ or their ‘territory’ matlab jiski bhi hai aap samajh jao yaar. https://t.co/hPiOixDWi5
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 21, 2020
“ -Needy outsider
– B grade actress
(But) – better looking & better actor than Alia Bhatt & Ananya!” 🤓🤓
Net net I think this was a compliment! 😍🙏🏽
Thanks Kangana! I think u are gorgeous, generous & a great actor ! Shine on 🌻🌻🤩🤩#KanganaSpeaksToArnab #Nepotism @KanganaTeam https://t.co/fIg4i3Lz5F
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 19, 2020
Maine suna class 12th n 10th ke result ke baad humaara result bhi aa gaya hai! Humaara grade system ab official hai ? Abhi tak toh number system pe value decide hoti thi na 🤔 #MaLifeMaRulesMaShitMaPot
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 19, 2020
b) The Sushant Rajput suicide case
It all started when Kangana’s team posted the initial video of the actress raising some pertinent questions about Sushant’s unfateful decision—questions about the big surnames that control the industry, questions about why no one came forward to help him when he was alive etc. We agree. However, the same has been asked of Kangana as well–how come there were no statements showing support to the actor before his death? Where was her empathy, her production house, her support? How come it is all being talked about now? These are some of the questions her critics alike have been asking.
c) Are her social media posts only to gain traction or is she doing something to change things?
While we agree that Kangana perhaps does not use social media as frequently as us Instagram junkies, however, there is no denying that her team has been churning out content solely made for social media purposes. Her timely addressal of topical issues, using those issues as a means to an end–all point to the kind of social media gratification someone with an agenda would look for. Yes, Kangana has addressed important issues time and again and she has been one of the first in the industry to call out nepotism. However, while some laud her videos and courage, others have been critical of her well-timed dissection of Bollywood and everything that surrounds the industry.
d) She has been waging war against the people who launched her
Kangana has spoken at length about how outsiders have not been given a chance and, given her stance, one would expect her to laud the very people who gave her her chance. However, as things stand, Kangana has waged war against Bhatts and has also gone on record to say that she had worked on Krrish 3 forcibly. Apart from the Bhatts, Kangana has also called out Anurag Kashyap, who she worked with in the film Bombay Velvet. Kashyap, infact, released an old video of Kangana defending the failure of the film. And so, it is a bit confusing when Kangana calls out the people she has worked with and defended/thanked in the past. What is the mud-slinging for? Does it serve a purpose? While we appreciate the debate on nepotism, the methods to encourage that debate seem confusing.
There was a time when the Bhatt’s were accused of having something against established actors & made to feel inferior for only working with/launching newcomers & not chasing stars. And now the same people play the nepotism card? Google & tweet guys & won’t even say think & speak.
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) July 8, 2020
Will the real Kangana please stand up?
As an audience member, I do support the fight that Kangana is brave enough to fight. There needed to be someone who outed the big names and showed the rest of the world that there was a ruthless system in place for outsiders. However, with the trajectory of things, it all seems like a giant mud-slinging match with no real end goal. Has there been any solution to the problems that have been mentioned? Can nepotism be uprooted? And is Kangana showing feminism the door by pulling down other women who are her contemporaries? We’d love some answers.
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