Not fighting Karan Johar, fighting male chauvinism; he is nobody to tell me to quit Bollywood: Kangana Ranaut

Reacting to Karan Johar's allegations of her playing the victim card, Kangana Ranaut retorted back saying that he is demeaning all women by using such a statement. 

Published: 09th March 2017 04:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2017 04:35 PM   |  A+A-

Kangana Ranaut (File | PTI)

By Online Desk

Kangana Ranaut who was recently in news continues her fierce tirade against the alleged patriarchy in Bollywood. As she indulged in a furious spat with filmmaker and producer Karan Johar with her candid responses on his popular television show'Koffee with Karan,' aired last month, the lead actress in Fashion retorting sharply to his "victim card" allegations.

In an interview published on March 09 by the Mumbai Mirror, Kangana Ranaut said she only played the “badass card” on the show, not the victim or woman card as 'announced at an event by Johar". At the event, the filmmaker had said how he was fed up of seeing Kangana play the 'woman card' and 'victim card', and that if she was having such issues with the way Bollywood functions, she should think about leaving the industry.

READ HERE: Karan Johar says he is done with Kangana playing the woman card and victim card

These jibes were in response to the actress' comment on his show on February 9 where she called him the "snooty flag-bearer of nepotism" and hinted that he was running a "movie mafia".

Bashing the alleged male chauvinism in Bollywood, the actress optimistically stated, “I use every card possible. At the workplace, it's the badass card to fight cutthroat competition. With my family and loved ones, it's the love card. When fighting the world, it's the dignity card, and for a seat in a bus, it's the woman card. What is important to understand is that we are not fighting people, we are fighting a mentality. I am not fighting Karan Johar, I am fighting male chauvinism.”

Addressing the victim card remark of the producer, in her interview to the paper, Ranaut questions the pertinence of it. She says that by using the woman card remark, he is demeaning all women, particularly those who are vulnerable. She goes on to say how the woman card will never help get any kind of accolades or honours, but the same can help a pregnant woman get a ladies seat on a crowded bus. The same goes for the 'victim card', the actress says. Bringing the example of her sister Rangoli, who is an acid attack victim, she further adds the card can be used for while fighting for justice in court.

She was referring to Johar’s comment: “You cannot be this victim every time and have a sad story to tell about how you’ve been terrorised by the bad world of the industry,” Johar's response was to Ranaut's statement implying that he represented the nepotistic “mafia” that was intolerant to the outsiders.

With a word of advise for Karan who recently became the father of a daughter, she said that he should provide her with all these cards — the 'woman card' and the 'victim card', as also the 'self-made-independent-woman card', and the 'badass card' that I flashed on his show. We will use whatever we need to ensure no one rocks our boat.

READ HERE: Karan Johar becomes father to twins Yash, Roohi via surrogacy​

Karan Johar is nobody to tell me to leave the industry, said the self made Kangana, further standing her ground, “I'm definitely not going anywhere.”

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