Reacting to filmmaker Karan Johar’s allegation that she always plays the “victim card”, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has retorted that she was playing the “badass card, not the victim or woman card”.
Who don’t know, we recall you that earlier Kangana Ranaut had made headlines for calling out filmmaker Karan Johar ‘nepotism’ and ‘movie mafia,’ on his own show ‘Koffee With Karan’.
At a recent event, Karan said that “When she said ‘movie mafia’ what did she mean? Because what does she think we’re doing? Sitting and not giving her work? Is that what makes us mafia? No, we do that by choice…I do that because may be I’m not interested in working with her. That doesn’t make me a movie mafia, it makes me a man with an opinion.”
The 44-year-old said that he was done with Kangana playing the woman and victim card.
“You cannot be this victim at every given point of time who has a sad story to tell about how you’ve been terrorised by the bad world of the industry. If the industry is bad, leave it.”
Now in the reaction of karan Johar’s statement, ‘Queen’ actress unabashedly said that Johar is only a tiny part of this gigantic phenomenon called Bollywood and that he is nobody to ask her to leave.
“I’m also a little surprised at the ‘graciousness’ he says he displayed in choosing to not edit the jousty bits on the show. While I’d have blacklisted the channel if something like that had happened, let’s also remember that a channel wants TRPs, and he is just a paid host…Also, the Indian film industry is not a small studio given to Karan by his father when he was in his early 20s. That is just a small molecule. The industry belongs to every Indian and is highly recommended for outsiders like me whose parents were too poor to give me a formal training. I learnt on the job and got paid for it, using the money to educate myself in New York. He is nobody to tell me to leave it. I’m definitely not going anywhere, Mr Johar,” said the three-time National Award winner.
Talking about playing the ‘victim card’ or the ‘woman card’, Kangana clarified that she was using the ‘badass card’ and goes on to explain that her other cards are reserved for different roles she plays in her life.
“Why is Karan Johar trying to shame a woman for being a woman? What is this about the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’? This kind of talk is demeaning to all women, particularly the vulnerable because they are the ones who really need to use them. The ‘woman card’ might not help you become a Wimbledon champ, or win you Olympic medals, or bag National awards. It might not even land you a job, but it can get a pregnant woman who feels her water is about to break a ‘ladies’ seat on a crowded bus. It can be used as a cry for help when you sense a threat. The same goes for the ‘victim card’, which women like my sister, Rangoli, who is a victim of an acid attack, can use while fighting for justice in court…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,” said Kangana.
“Now that Karan is the father of a little daughter (Johar became a single parent of twins, who were born through surrogacy last month), 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,” she added.
Kangana, who has worked in ‘Ungli’ which was produced by Johar, is well aware of their creative differences and feels that by inviting her to his show, he has not shown any ‘graciousness’ whatsoever. “I’m also at a loss to understand how he gave me a platform by inviting me to be on his show. I’ve been on several platforms before with several global icons. To say he helped me voice my opinions is to discredit me as an artiste and a public personality. And, I think, it should be added here that I was invited to be a part of the show in its fifth season. (Johar’s talk show made its debut in 2004). His team requested my team for months for my dates… I’m also a little surprised at the “graciousness” he says he displayed in choosing to not edit the jousty bits on the show. While I’d have blacklisted the channel if something like that had happened, let’s also remember that a channel wants TRPs, and he is just a paid host,” signed off the actress.