This past week, discussions on nepotism and thoughts on women’s rights and dissent gathered much momentum on social media. While many Bollywood celebrities put up their stance on the infamous ‘insider-outsider’ debate, many prolific journalists spoke about the oppression of freedom of speech in the country.
Actor Taapsee Pannu spoke up strongly against actor and filmmaker Kangana Ranaut’s statement against her stardom.
There is no film as “solo” film , there is no actor such as “chota mota” actor. A film is a TEAM effort including all departments, all actors. The protagonist in NOTHING without the support of the ‘supporting’ cast. Respect is EARNED not COMMANDED. https://t.co/PP67RMwh3i
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 21, 2020
Filmmaker and writer Alankrita Shrivastava also spoke up about Kangana’s claims of kickstarting the feminism wave in Hindi cinema with her 2013 release, Queen.
Wondering what else the Queen started... Cinema itself? The automobile? Did she discover fire? Or better still, maybe she created The Big Bang and that's how the Universe came into being?
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) July 20, 2020
Comedian Agrima Joshua put spotlight on our country’s obsession with star kids.
Republic TV fighting nepotism hard. https://t.co/HDnPLvCPbO
— Agrima Joshua 🇮🇳 (@Agrimonious) July 23, 2020
Several aspects related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s unfortunate death have been discussed on social media; but the topic of mental health still remains under-discussed. Actor Swara Bhasker mulled over the same thought and requested everyone to recognise the late actor’s legacy.
Had an introspective moment. I think we owe #SushantSinghRajput ‘s family an apology 4 the number of times they must’ve read his name in our arguments. This is not about us. 🙏🏽 Sushant has a release coming up, let’s celebrate the memory of the bright life we lost. Let’s be kind.
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 21, 2020
Journalist Faye D’souza reminded young women to not fall into the traps of patriarchy by conforming to the ‘set norms’ of being an ‘ideal partner’.
To young women watching #IndianMatchmaking ,
You don’t have to be “adjusting” “flexible” or “compromise” .
There are many wonderful, loving, supportive men/women in the world. Wait until you find the right one for you.
This snake pit of patriarchy is not the whole truth.
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) July 22, 2020
Journalist Rohini Singh took to Twitter to write about the increasing cases sexual harassment.
A woman expressing her opinion on social media will be sexually harassed. A woman posting a selfie will be sexually harassed. A woman trying to register a police complaint in a thana will also be sexually harassed. A woman appearing happy will be sexually harassed.
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) July 20, 2020
Columnist and author Tavleen Singh wrote about the growing intolerance towards dissent in the country.
We live in strange times. Defection is being called dissent. And, dissent is being called sedition.
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) July 24, 2020
These are unprecedented times for sure, and UN Women once again reiterated on the importance of believing in yourself to sail through!
— UN Women (@UN_Women) July 22, 2020