Kangana Ranaut is known for never mincing her words and making powerful statements. So this time when the actress was invited at the India Today Mind Rocks Debate on feminism, she made sure that she gave us enough food for thoughts as she opened up about her personal struggles and facing physical violence in her teens.
Here's what the 'Queen' said-
1. On Elitism Prevailing In The Industry
"Haan toh accent off hai, toh kya hua? Yahan pe inko mera accent fake lagta hai, yeh log jab khud bahar jaate hai wahan inka accent fake lagta hai."
2. On Being Asked If She Has Ever Confronted These People
"No. My life is just about me and not about those standing behind me."
3. On Breaking The Bully Psyche
"If somebody exercises a certain power on you, do not respond in that tactic because that bully is dangling that tactic so that you fall for it. Your instant reaction would be to punch back. But that bully is suggesting that language precisely because you would fail in that tactic. That is the trap of that bully. You got to identify that. You could seek legal help or help from authorities and break down the bully by exercising your power of resistance. But yes, deal with the bully, don't ignore him."
4. Facing Physical Violence In Her Teens
"When I was 17, I faced extreme physical violence to a point where I saw my death look me in my eyes. The person who was subjecting me to that kind of violence was a very influential person. I had two options either to put up with it or make it an issue and go to the cops. That also meant letting my parents know and the whole world know what I was going through. It meant the world judging me. But, I went to the Police Station and lodged an FIR."
5. On Hrithik Fiasco
"This incident was very different from the ones I have faced in the past. There were never any legal proceedings ever initiated against me. There was a lot of media drama. There were a lot of threats and slut-shaming. There was no question of fighting a legal battle but yes, there were media trials and lot of pressure, a kind of feminist pressure on me to fight and tell the world revealing the sob story that I had. But I didn't have any."
I was in a consensual equation. But I felt pressurized to a point where I felt like questioning, What exactly is feminism? Is it fighting for an individual's acceptance or begging for his acknowledgement publicly, for an individual whose doesn't have an iota of respect for you? Is that feminist? Then I am not a feminist! Is it essential for us to save the memories of our love affairs whether they’re sperm-stained panties or gifts that were given to us by a lover as potential evidence for a future when he’s trying to escape or say no?"
6. On What Keeps Her Going In Life
If any individual wants nothing to do with me and feels ashamed of me or wants to get rid of me, the only thing I’m going to do for that individual is say goodbye. Because in the realm of love, only the language of poetry should be used. So everytime I get dumped or feel rejected or dejected, I go back to these lines by Nazeer Bakri-
'Tujhko bhi jab apni kasme, apne vaade yaad nahi,
Hum bhi apne khwaab teri aankhon mein rakhkar bhool gaye.
Mujhko jinhone qatl kiya hai, koi unhe batlaaye nazeer,
mere laash ki pehlu mein woh apna khanjar bhool gaye.'