Actor Mallika Sherawat hit back at a Twitter user, who accused her films of promoting sexual violence against women. The Murder actor had recently condemned the brutal gang rape case in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter, Sherawat said that unless our country changes its medieval mindset towards women, nothing would change. Replying to this, a Twitter user wrote, “But the kind of roles you have played in Bollywood movie contradict your statement. Don’t you thing the kind of message you deliver through your movies also play an important role. Improvement should start from the person who is making the statement first. (sic)”
So the movies I act in are an invitation for rape!!! It’s mentality like yours that make Indian society regressive for women! If you hv a problem wt my movies then Don’t see them #nocountryforwomen https://t.co/I5XdN7zAA6
— Mallika Sherawat (@mallikasherawat) October 7, 2020
Replying to this, Sherawat wrote: “So the movies I act in are an invitation for rape!!! It’s mentality like yours that make Indian society regressive for women! If you hv a problem wt my movies then Don’t see them #nocountryforwomen. (sic)”
Many people tweeted in her defence. This isn’t the first time Sherawat has been targeted based on the films she has worked on. The actor has often said that she was typecast and lost out on projects because of her refusal to get intimate with her co-stars off-screen.
Earlier, in an interview with PTI, Sherawat had alleged that she was subjected to accusations and judgements and was even kicked out of several projects after refusing sexual advances from male co-stars. Losing out on work because of her refusal to get intimate with her co-stars off-screen is a reflection of the Indian society and the ordeal that women have to endure, she had added.
Actors are often targeted and typecast based on their past career choices. Actor Sunny Leone has also been subjected to abuses because of her past career in the adult entertainment industry.
In Hollywood, actor Megan Fox has faced a similar experience. She has been vocal about her experiences of being publicly objectified and talked about being a survivor of sexual assault. Talking about her experiences on Instagram, she wrote: “These specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.”