Rani Mukerji: A wife shouldn't put up with husband’s injustice, things will start to change then

If one wife decides not to put up with her husband’s injustice, things will start to change: Rani Mukerji. Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who is gearing up for the release of Hichki, has said women should take steps in their own lives and not just talk about feminism.

Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who is gearing up for the release of Hichki, has said women should take steps in their own lives and not just talk about feminism. “It should start at home. The day every woman starts to make a difference in the house, a change will come in the country. You can’t bring about a change by just talking about feminism. If one wife decides not to put up with the injustice that her husband does, things will start to change,” she said.

She also said she is confident that her daughter will one day be proud of her working parents. “I had this anxiety about leaving my daughter at home because it was going to be a new environment for her. She is not going to see me for a few hours, which she is used to. It is a dilemma that every working mother goes through where you face this anxiety,” Rani told PTI in an interview.

“The child will soon get used to it. I am sure Adira will understand that both her parents leave home for work. It will be normal and it will be something that she will be proud of.”


In India, many working women leave their jobs after they embrace motherhood but Rani believes things are changing now as fathers are getting more involved in the upbringing of their children. “People are still not ready to accept it. It is a hesitation that they need to overcome. Obviously, a child is more attached to the mother. But now fathers are also getting involved.”

The actor said society needs to do away with the stigma attached to men contributing in the house chores and child rearing. “When we expect that men should go out and work, those men should also be encouraged to participate in the house work. What happens is that they are discouraged from doing it. It is a mental block that we need to overcome.”

The actor said Aditya, who runs the Yash Raj Films, was instrumental in her return.

“As a director-producer, he understands that I also have a responsibility towards the people who have given me so much love and adoration. Now that I have a new family, I cannot leave my old family behind. I have to stay in touch with my fans. It is a part of me, which I cannot separate from,” she said.

Sonam Kapoor: Attitude towards married actresses should be changed:

Actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rani Mukerji are making their comeback this year after childbirth, and Anushka Sharma went right back to shooting her new film Zero after some days of travel.

Sonam Kapoor, caught amidst wedding rumours, says it is high time people change their attitude towards married actresses. With the changing narratives and various age representations of women in Hindi cinema, in the last few years, the Indian cine-goers have been exposed to many stories that celebrate women. Actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rani Mukerji are making their comeback this year after childbirth, and Anushka Sharma went right back to shooting her new film Zero after some days of travel.


There was also Surveen Chawla, who revealed her new relationship status only after two years of her marriage, stressing on how “being married does not make an actress less desirable”.

How does Sonam, who constantly tries to keep her personal life as private as possible, look at the whole change? “I will start talking about it when the media will start asking the same questions to all the male actors in our industry -- about how they will take up their career after marriage, when will they make a comeback after the birth of their baby... This whole attitude towards married actress should be changed,” said Sonam.

Citing references from the past, she said, “Whether it is Nutan, Nargis, Waheeda Rehman, Sharmila Tagore, Dimple Kapadia, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor Khan -- they are all loved by our audience even after their marriage. So the mindset has been encouraged by a few filmmakers and media people. “But hey, there are progressive and non-progressive minds in every business. So as in our industry. We should keep working... the change will come.”

Sonam’s next big screen outing is PadMan. She essays a special character who supports and encourages a man to grow in his mission. The man on the mission in Pad Man is Akshay Kumar, who takes on a role inspired by a real life hero who devised a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine for women’s hygiene. It’s interesting how well-known actors like Sonam are supporting content-driven films even with small roles. Sonam said, “I think it is important to make a film that is entertaining but also has a message along with it. And as an actor, if I have a reach to a wider audience, why not support a story that is deserved to be told? Otherwise, what is the point of making films that create no impact in the mind of our audience?”

Asked about her opinion on the issue surrounding how talks on menstruation are considered a social taboo, Sonam said she hopes the stigma attached to it would go away. “In the first place, women are looked at differently in our society as we do not give them the same opportunity and respect of a man. That happens in most Indian households. When a girl child grows up and starts chumming, there is a stigma attached to it, and makes the girl feel less, inferior and under-confident. On the contrary, that whole physical transformation makes a girl special. She is enabled to reproduce. She should be taught to celebrate it, not to hide it. I hope that after the film releases, the stigma attached to menstruation and its hygiene will go away,” Sonam said.

Produced by Twinkle Khanna and directed by R. Balki, the film Pad Man is releasing on January 25.

Deepika Padukone turns rowdy cop for a commercial. Pics inside

Deepika Padukone turns a rowdy traffic cop for a commercial. Pics inside. Before Ranveer Singh becomes a tapori cop in Simmba, Deepika Padukone has aced the look for a commercial.

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who is awaiting the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus - Padmaavat (erstwhile Padmavati), recently turned a rowdy cop on Mumbai streets. Reportedly, Deepika was shooting for a television commercial when she was clicked atop a jeep in a police officer’s uniform.

Pictures from the shoot are going viral online. Deepika wears a white shirt, khaki trousers and a khaki cap in the pictures. Interestingly, she also has a red handkerchief tied around her left wrist - something we have seen ‘tapori cops’ doing in our films and TV serials. She is also seen wearing gold-rimmed shades in the pictures.




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