Kangana Ranaut reacts to Rani Mukerji’s Me Too stance says, ‘People who need support must be empowered’

Nowadays, Kangana Ranaut is busy with the promotions of her upcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and in the film, Kangana will essay the role of Rani Laxmi Bai.
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Over the past few months, the Me Too campaign has gained momentum in India with several actresses coming out in the open and calling out their sexual predators. From Vinta Nanda, Sandhya Mridul, to Shweta Pandit and other famous personalities, a lot of women have shared their sexual harassment stories in the wake of the Me Too movement which was triggered by Tanushree Dutta. Yes, it all started with Tanushree Dutta renewing a sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar that took place on the sets of the 2008 film- Horn Ok Please.

While a lot of B-town actors and actresses have extended their support and solidarity towards all the accusers, in a recent interview, Rani Mukerji shared her views on Me Too, for which the actress was brutally trolled on social media. Rani had 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 for your own self."

After Rani’s statement, today Kangana Ranaut was asked about what she thought of Rani’s stance on Me Too, to which Kangana said, “People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but agar Rani Laxmi Bai jaise ladkiyan agar humari society humein de sakti hai toh why not, unko discourage nahi karna chahiye. If they are strong women, we should not discourage women. I was 16-years-old when I filed my first FIR against sexual assault so there are people who can stand up for themselves, they shouldn’t be discouraged.” Further, Kangana was asked about children who are not empowered and she 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.”

On the work front, Kangana Ranaut will next be seen in the film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi- the film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. For all those who don’t know, Kangana took over the direction of the film and certain portions of the film have been directed by Kangana. Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, with some portions by Kangana herself, the film has is set to release on January 25 near Republic Day. 


Kangana's response is admirable, clear and not personal. Rani's take on me too was as warped as KJO's. Vintage sexism.

Sadly, libtards are not intelligent enough to understand what rani tried to say. She was talking about women getting stronger and prepared to face such monsters in the society. Kangana has basically defended that stance by saying that while some women/girls may need support/empowerment, there are others who are strong enough to face such hyenas head on and such women shouldn't be discouraged. A perfectly balanced and sensible response indeed. More power to you Kangana and kudos Rani for speaking about something important that most women are unfortunately failing to understand.

Kangana sometimes goes overboard in her tryst to look different and to go against the tide. Good on us there was Rani Laxmi Bai who could defend herself from enemies, but also sad that the society made her get married as a teen and reproduce early. It is the change in society, societal norms that later understood the ills of early marriage and reproduction. Her strength alone could have done nothing about it. Its different, empowering girls and to think empowering girls is the only solution to sexual violence. No! The main culprit will always be patriarchal thinking. ALWAYS. So Kangana, stop it. And Rani, behen, tum to rehene do bas.

PV Please post.

I think because Rani is married to a rich producer, she is not understanding the subject. She has bodyguards and travel in luxury cars. How can she can even understand. People’s thinking and view changes as they become rich.

I actually want to draw more upon on what Rani said and unfortunately living in a patriarchal society.. women are always considered weaker sex inspite of them showing great strength.. this weaker sex idea is what makes predators prey more upon women than men.. if there is an awareness in society that everyone is equal and that a child or woman is equally able to give it back as well as a man would then perhaps the mindset of the predators will change and they will think before making some statements or harassing women and children.. I do not support what Rani said but the whole mentality of weaker sex needs to be changed..

Looks like Kangana is all positivity for Mani promotions. Good for her

in a lot of circumstances, this is a case of easier said than done when referred to "women should be strong blah blah blah, need to take ownership." this is sad, especially coming from another woman. kudos to KR for sticking to her grounds.

she’s the only one to call journos for airport statements, no one cares

I'm surprised Kangana didn't attack Rani because she was ridiculous during that discussion! Who would have thought she would say such absurd things?!

Please, journos were there because kangana called them. The power suit and the prepared response and she had to toss in a movie promo? get real

Journos pounced on Kangana for a bit as she stepped out. Yet her response was so balanced and not personal. Some people are attacking Rani like she is a woman hater.

Samaz mein nahi aaya what Kangana said

I’m still confused about Rani’s half baked statement! What did she even mean?!? First it was Preity who gave a retarded statement about her supposed views on MeToo, and now Rani...I genuinely thought that these women are intelligent who would be understanding to the sensitivity of this issue. But alas was I wrong!

Rani makes the most stupid statements, always! Of course a woman needs to be strong and should be able to protect herself but what about children etc? And how about that she doesn’t need to if people educate their children well and if men do respect women???

Rani sounded like an ignorant fool when she spoke in that interview. She should probably be at home just with Adira and not sound like an entitled jackass.

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