Male actors, directors are made into ‘heroes’, whereas women are seen as ‘conniving witches’: Sonam Kapoor


Sonam Kapoor has spoken about Bollywood receiving backlash in the past few months and that she is scared of the vilification and undue comments made on women. She said that men in the industry have not received such treatment and they are still spoken with respect whereas the women have been subjected to threats, abuses and expletives. Sonam called women ‘soft targets’ and likened the entire episode as ‘witch hunt’.

In an interview to a magazine, Sonam said, “I wasn’t in the line of fire but it has been traumatising to see what my colleagues have been through, and the witch-hunt that has taken place. I feel scared...women are such soft targets. Nobody has ever spoken about a man in the way women are being spoken about right now It’s almost like we have gone back several decades...where, if you are a woman in the film or fashion industry, you are not thought of as an artist or a creative person. Instead, your moral character is questioned.”


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Sonam further said, “We are artists. What is the difference between us and a male actor or director? They are made into ‘heroes’ and women are made into conniving witches! It makes me nauseous and sick. And it’s even stranger that some women are pushing this narrative forward... There is a lot of unlearning that needs to happen.”

Sonam had mentioned ‘what’s been happening in the film industry over the past few months’, alluding to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and the flak that his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and the entire film industry received. She had previously extended her support to Rhea after she was hounded by the media and the netizens alike for the death of Sushant.

(Source: Cosmopolitan India)