Kangana Ranaut and Sunny Leone. Both are A-listers and are capable of single-handedly drawing crowd towards theatres. There is something more common between the two actors. Both are victims of deeply-rooted misogyny that has prevailed in Bollywood since ages. While Kangana has been accused of practicing black magic, whereas Sunny is often at the receiving end of crude sexist jibes owing to her background as an adult film star.
A three-time national award winner, Kangana roasted filmmaker Karan Johar on his reality show Koffee With Karan amidst glaring cameras. All the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director could do was to give a sheepish grin on being christened ‘movie mafia’ and promoter of nepotism. Kangana, who is known for speaking her mind without any fear, elicited tremendous response across all sections of the society.
Similarly, Sunny Leone became a victim of motormouth director Ram Gopal Verma who posted a sexist tweet on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Later, he apologised for his tweet and said that his intention was not to offend anyone. But he maintained that being a citizen of the country, he was entitled to freedom of speech. Does it mean the Satya director can offend anyone?
Whether you agree or not, female leads in Bollywood have not been treated fairly as compared to their male counterparts. If the actresses happen to be outsiders like Kangana and Sunny, it becomes extremely difficult to make way for themselves in this tinsel town notorious for nepotism. In such a situation, Kangana was actually speaking the truth even if it meant offending someone like Karan Johar whose ‘kartavya’ (moral duty) is to groom the scions of his B-town friends. So, KJo waited for the right opportunity and hit back at her when Rangoon tanked at the box office. Wow, what a way to settle scores! So the filmmaker is joined by Shekhar Suman and even his son Adhyayan whose tell-all interview last year made more headlines than his films.
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On the other hand, you have Sunny Leone who has been braving crude stereotypes in her five-year-long film career so far. But kudos to the 35-year-old actor who unabashedly accepts criticism in her way and continues to work harder. Recently, she sizzled on the screen with Laila O Laila and shared the frame with Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. All she said after Laila’s success was to create a brand Sunny Leone for herself. And do we need more evidence to measure her star power? So, the message behind such a vicious attack is clear. If you are a woman and an outsider, you better don’t dare to mess with the bigwigs of the tinsel town.